Tuesday’s start against the Twins in the American League Wild Card game didn’t go according to plan for Luis Severino. The Yankees’ right-hander didn’t have any command, though his fastball sat in the high 90’s and occasionally hit 100.
Brian Dozier started the game by slugging a 3-1 fastball to left field for a solo home run — the Twins’ first leadoff home run in the playoffs. After getting Joe Mauer to foul out, Severino walked Jorge Polanco, then served up a two-run line drive home run to right field off of the bat of Eddie Rosario.
The Twins kept applying pressure. Eduardo Escobar lined a single to center field and Max Kepler lined a change-up to right field, advancing to second base when right fielder Aaron Judge bobbled the ball. Manager Joe Girardi, who was seen during Kepler’s at-bat with his head in the crook of his arm on the dugout rail, came out and replaced Severino with Chad Green.
Green struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro, stranding both inherited runners. All told, Severino threw 29 pitches, giving up the three runs on four hits and a walk with no strikeouts. On the bright side, his line score could’ve been worse if not for Green.
Update: Didi Gregorius tied the game a three apiece with a three-run home run off of Ervin Santana in the bottom half of the first. Severino isn’t in line for the loss anymore!
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.