The Boston Red Sox have activated starter Chris Sale from the 10-day disabled list.
His title will be a bit different for a while, though. Today he’ll return as an “opener” against the Blue Jays, pitching around two innings or 40 pitches, whichever come first. From there he’ll have some other short stints, building up his workload between now and the playoffs.
Given that the Sox have all but clinched the AL East and home field in the playoffs, there is little risk to this plan other than, possibly, harming Sale’s Cy Young Award chances due to a lower innings load than his competitors.
Then again, since this is 2018 and radical reimagining of the role of pitchers is the order of the day, perhaps it’ll make him an even more appropriate choice for the honor.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.