The Athletics announced a little while ago that starter Sean Manaea will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder. The A’s didn’t say what the surgery was, exactly, but they said they will provide further details afterwards.
For what it’s worth, Manaea had been on the disabled list since August 26 with a shoulder impingement. It’s not clear when Manaea sustained the injury. He was effective in his last start just before being DL’d, allowing one run over five innings against the Twins.
Before going on the shelf Manaea had a 12-9 record in 27 starts and a 3.59 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 over 160.2 innings. Since he went down the A’s have increasingly leaned on their bullpen, moving to a Rays-style “opener”/bullpen game approach on a handful of occasions. If they make the playoffs and advance beyond the Wild Card game, we’ll likely see more of that from them.
Manaea’s season is over, however. He’ll be seeing whatever we see of the A’s from the same perspective: as a spectator.
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.