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Cubs call up outfield prospect Albert Almora

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Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported on Tuesday morning that the Cubs have promoted outfield prospect Albert Almora from Triple-A Iowa. He’ll fill the roster spot of Jorge Soler, who strained his left hamstring during Monday’s game against the Phillies.

Almora, 22, was ranked the Cubs’ fifth-best prospect and the 80th-best prospect overall coming into the 2016 season by MLB Pipeline. With Iowa this season, Almora hit .318/.335/.444 with 18 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 33 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases.

Though Soler was playing mostly every day, manager Joe Maddon has also used Matt Szczur and Kris Bryant in left field, so we’ll have to see exactly how Almora fits into the Cubs’ plans.

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.