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Rangers name Chris Woodward as new manager

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The Rangers have hired Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as their next manager, according to a team announcement on Saturday.

The 42-year-old Woodward was rumored to be the frontrunner for the gig on Friday. The Rangers interviewed nearly a dozen candidates in their search to supplant former manager Jeff Banister and interim skipper Don Wakamatsu, including Twins bench coach Derek Shelton, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, and Angels special assistant Eric Chavez, among others. There was some thought that the club wanted to wrap up the process by the start of the General Mangers Meetings on Monday, and it appears they’ve now met that deadline.

Woodward capped an 11-year career with the Blue Jays, Mets, Mariners, Braves, and Red Sox at the end of the 2011 season. While he doesn’t come with any prior managerial experience in Major League Baseball, he managed the New Zealand team during the World Baseball Classic in 2017 and has extensive experience as a former minor league infield coordinator and infield coach for the Mariners, not to mention the two years he spent as bench coach in the Dodgers’ organization.

The new skipper isn’t the only addition to the Rangers’ front office this offseason. The team also hired former scout and USA Baseball director Matt Blood as Director of Player Management on Friday and promoted Assistant Director of Player Development, Paul Kruger, to Director of Minor League Operations.

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.