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Aaron Barrett cites overuse as reason for elbow problems


Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett has had a rough 2015. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in early September, knocking him out of the 2016 season. And last week, he had surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his left ankle. This, after finishing with a 4.60 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.

As far as the elbow problem is concerned, Barrett says his overuse contributed to the issue. Via the Associated Press:

Barrett said Sunday at Washington’s fan festival that “the bottom line was I was literally just throwing too much.”


Explained Barrett: “Just basically warming up, not going into the game, then pitching the next game, and then warming up in the sixth inning and then the seventh inning and then pitching in the eighth inning.”

MLB.com’s Andrew Simon provided more of Barrett’s thoughts on Twitter. Barrett talked about his position as a young player leading to feeling like he didn’t have any leverage with which to speak up about his workload. It’s an issue worth consideration. Barrett won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2016 season, which means another year of being paid close to the major league minimum salary, and he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season. Not only are young players prone to the daily up-and-down routines in the bullpen, they’re prone to being sent back-and-forth between the minors and the majors. It’s a tough life.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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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.