Update (8:14 PM EST): Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the catcher the Padres are sending to the Astros is Erik Kratz.
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Astros are sending pitcher Dan Straily to the Padres in a deal involving a catcher. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has confirmed Drellich’s report. Obviously, details are scant now, but we’ll update you as more information is known.
Straily, 27, pitched only 16 2/3 innings for the Astros last season, spending most of the year at Triple-A Fresno. He struggled at both levels, putting up a 4.77 with Fresno and 5.40 in the big leagues. Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Straily has battled command issues and hasn’t yet shown swing-and-miss stuff good enough to make up for it.
So far this spring, Straily has allowed eight runs on 15 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings. He’s now a candidate to pitch out of the back of the Padres’ rotation.
The Astros are hurting for catching depth behind starter Jason Castro, as Max Stassi recently had surgery to repair the hamate bone in his left wrist. Kratz, 35, has a career .667 OPS but can hit for occasional power.
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.