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.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.