The Diamondbacks placed Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The move was expected after Walker exited Saturday’s outing against the Dodgers with forearm tightness in the second inning. While the righty told reporters he felt fine following the game, he’s now expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to assess any undiagnosed damage.
Walker, 25, said he initially felt some discomfort in his arm during the first inning of Saturday’s eventual 9-1 win. He scaled back the velocity on his pitches and consulted manager Torey Lovullo before making an early exit from the game. “I didn’t really want to push it and make things worse,” Walker said after the game. “I could have stepped on it and kept going, but I was just kind of babying it a little bit. I didn’t want to do anything dumb and make it worse.”
It’s not unusual for forearm tightness and inflammation to be precursors of significant elbow injuries, but nothing concrete will be revealed before Walker undergoes further tests on Monday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled reliever Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. The 25-year-old righty has seen mixed results through his first three appearances of 2018, with five runs, a home run, a walk and nine strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings.
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.