Friday wasn’t an easy night for Royals closer Wade Davis. He had to clean up a mess left by Ryan Madson in the eighth inning, as Madson served up a game-tying two-run home run to Jose Bautista then walked Edwin Encarnacion before exiting. Davis got Chris Colabello to pop up, then struck out Troy Tulowitzki to escape the inning.
The rain began to fall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, sending the game into a rain delay lasting approximately 45 minutes. Manager Ned Yost sent his closer back out after the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Davis allowed a leadoff single to Russell Martin. Pinch-runner Dalton Pompey then stole second and third base ahead of a Kevin Pillar walk. Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, though Pillar stole second in the process. He fanned Ben Revere, then induced a game-ending ground out to third base from American League MVP Award candidate Josh Donaldson to send the Royals back to the World Series.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.