Francisco Liriano exited Game 2 of the Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS on Friday when a Carlos Gomez comebacker struck him in the head. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo tests and has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm.
The good news? There’s no structural damage, and while Liriano remains day-to-day for the time being, a return to the playoffs has not yet been ruled out by the Blue Jays. Manager John Gibbons can also opt to replace Liriano on the postseason roster should the left-hander’s recovery period extend past the end of October.
The Blue Jays also received the test results for second baseman Devon Travis, who was scratched prior to Friday’s game with right knee irritation. A MRI revealed a bone bruise, but like Liriano, there was no structural damage to indicate any kind of lasting damage.
The Jays are set to host the Rangers for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday at 7:30 PM EDT. Toronto currently leads the series, 2-0.
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.