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Clayton Richard to undergo season-ending knee surgery

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Padres starter Clayton Richard will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Richard had apparently been battling knee issues since April and chose to pitch through it.

Richard, 34, struggled to a 5.33 ERA with a 108/60 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings this season. He led all pitchers with 94 earned runs allowed and all NL pitchers with 159 hits allowed. The lefty is under contract for one more year at $3 million.

Having Richard undergo surgery now, as opposed to after the season, gives him an extra month or so of recovery time with the hope that he will be good to go for spring training next February.

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.