Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a strained left groin on the final play of Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the White Sox. The MRI showed the strain to be “serious,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports — serious enough that manager Don Mattingly expects Stanton to miss the rest of the season. The club has placed him and teammate Adam Conley (sore hand) on the 15-day disabled list, Frisaro reports.
Facing closer David Robertson with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning, Stanton hit a pop fly to shallow right-center. Adam Eaton charged in and attempted to make a sliding grab, but it bounced off of him. Stanton attempted to take second base on the play but appeared to suffer his injury about 10 feet from the bag and he was tagged out for the final out of the game.
The Marlins entered play Sunday at 60-56, 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals and a half-game out of the second National League Wild Card slot. Needless to say, losing Stanton will hamper their playoff hopes.
Stanton, 26, is hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 432 plate appearances this season. The slugger’s absence will mean regular playing time for Ichiro Suzuki.
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.