Brewers closer Corey Knebel suffered a left hamstring injury while throwing a 1-0 pitch to Cubs pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella in the top of the ninth inning. Knebel threw a 95 MPH fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers.
Utilityman Hernan Perez came into the game to relieve the injured Knebel, getting La Stella to line out to left field. The Brewers went on to lose 8-0.
Needless to say, this is potentially a devastating injury for the Brewers and for Knebel. Knebel broke out last season, saving 39 games with a 1.78 ERA and a 126/40 K/BB ratio in 76 innings.
Knebel will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports.
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.