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Astros place Lance McCullers Jr. on 10-day disabled list

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Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. is headed to the 10-day disabled list with right elbow discomfort, according to a team announcement on Sunday. McCullers was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 14-0 blowout over the Dodgers after feeling tightness in his forearm and elbow and was scheduled to meet with team doctors in Houston on Sunday. The severity of his injury has yet to be determined, but he’s likely to be out of commission for some time.

Prior to his removal from the game, the 24-year-old righty helped shut out the Dodgers through four innings, allowing two hits, two walks and five strikeouts on 60 pitches. He’s 10-6 in 22 starts this season with a 3.93 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 9.9 SO/9 across 126 innings so far. While this is his first formal DL stint of the year, he also dealt with some elbow soreness back in 2016 and missed almost nine weeks of the season as a result.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna has been reinstated from the restricted list and will assume McCullers’ place on the roster. Osuna received a 75-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on domestic violence back in June.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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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.