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Red Sox to place Ian Kinsler on 10-day disabled list

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Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler is headed for the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a left hamstring strain on Friday, per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Second baseman Tony Renda will likely be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in for Kinsler on Saturday. It’s not certain when Kinsler is expected to return to the lineup.

The 36-year-old second baseman sustained the injury in the first inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Yankees. He scored on an Eduardo Nunez RBI single but was visibly grimacing by the time he crossed the plate and didn’t return to take the field in the top of the second. Following Friday’s game, the infielder is batting .244/.308/.408 on the year with 13 home runs and a .716 OPS in 402 PA for the Angels and Red Sox.

Even without Kinsler, the Red Sox managed to close out the evening in spectacular fashion. Right fielder Mookie Betts shifted to the keystone — “It was like a dream come true,” he said after the game — while Boston righty Rick Porcello twirled a complete game one-hitter on 86 pitches, the fewest pitches expended in a complete game since he did it in 89 pitches back in September 2016.

Renda, meanwhile, is poised to cover Kinsler’s roster spot in his first major-league stint of 2018. The 27-year-old middle infielder hasn’t seen a major-league infield since 2016, when he produced a .183 average and two extra-base hits during a 32-game stint with the Reds. He signed a minors deal with the Red Sox in May and hit his stride in Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, however, slashing a combined .346/.394/.505 with 21 extra bases and an .899 OPS in 198 PA across both levels.

Angels place Andrew Heaney on 10-day injured list

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The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.

It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.

Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.

In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.