The Yankees were poised to extend their lead over the White Sox to 5-0 when Greg Bird hit a deep fly ball to center field with runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning Monday night in Chicago. Center fielder Adam Engel had other ideas. He raced to the warning track, then timed his jump to snag the ball from beyond the yellow border at the top of the fence to steal a three-run homer from Bird.
Alas, the effort may be in vain as the White Sox trail the Yankees 4-0 after five innings. The White Sox offense hasn’t been able to put anything together against Yankees starter Lance Lynn. Lynn has tossed five scoreless frames, yielding just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts on 72 pitches.
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.