Astros add veteran Doug Fister to the starting rotation

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Right-hander Doug Fister, one of the top two or three remaining free agent pitchers, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the deal is worth $7 million, with incentives that could total another $5 million.

Fister struggled through an injury wrecked 2015 season with the Nationals and the drop in his velocity at age 31 is a potential red flag going forward, but he posted a 2.41 ERA for Washington in 2014 and had a combined 3.11 ERA in 751 innings from 2011-2014.

Houston already had a rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, Lance McCullers, and Scott Feldman, so Fister’s arrival is an interesting one. It could lead to a potential trade or may simply suggest that the team is worried about Feldman’s status following late-season shoulder problems.

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.