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Giancarlo Stanton has a sore knee


There have been a host of minor aches and pains reported around baseball today. Outside of Jhonny Peralta, they’re all minor or, at least for now, are being characterized as such. As we noted this morning, take all of these reports with a grain of salt. Players will come back when they come back, they’ll be fine or they won’t be and the stuff said about it at the time of injury is to be discounted.

One minor ache and pain worth watching, I think, is Giancarlo Stanton‘s. Stanton didn’t make the Marlins’ trip to Viera to play the Nationals due to soreness in right knee.

The Marlins said that holding him back was just a precaution. And, of course, established veterans often don’t make road trips in the spring. But it is worth noting that the sore knee is the same one he had surgery on for bone chips back in 2012. The sort of thing that, even if it’s nothing now, you file away for later.

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.