The Dodgers dealing continues: they just acquired reliever John Axford from the Blue Jays. In return, L.A. will send righty Corey Copping to Toronto.
Axford has a 4.41 ERA in 45 games this season and a K/BB ratio of 50/20 in 51 innings. He actually started a game on Saturday. It was a bit of a gimmick, likely intended to show suitors that he could go multiple innings, perhaps trying to sell him as a poor-man’s Andrew Miller. Even if that’s not how L.A. uses him this year, he has shown that he still has nice mid-to-upper 90s velocity with some sharp movement, so he’ll certainly help out.
Whatever his role, the Dodgers could use him, as their bullpen has been a sore spot all year long.
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.