Yankees’ outfielder Matt Holliday was invited to an exclusive seven-member club on Saturday.
In the first inning of a matinee against the Orioles, Holliday smacked a single into right field, joining Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre as the newest active major leaguer to record 2,000 career hits.
The next milestone awaiting Holliday? Home runs — 300, to be exact. The veteran outfielder/DH is currently stuck at 296 blasts, one of which he recorded during Friday’s 6-5 loss to Baltimore. Once he passes 300 home runs, he’ll be the fifth active player with at least 2,000 hits and 300 homers, joining the aforementioned Pujols (2,826 hits, 591 home runs), Cabrera (2,519 hits, 446 home runs), Beltre (2,942 hits, 445 home runs) and Beltran (2,622 hits, 421 home runs). The last Yankee to accomplish such a feat was Alex Rodriguez, who notched 3,115 career hits and 696 homers for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees from 1994 to 2016.
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.