The Indians inked free agent infielder Brad Miller to a one-year contract on Sunday, the team confirmed. In a corresponding move, Danny Salazar was shifted to the 60-day injured list as he continues to recover from right shoulder surgery last summer.
Miller, 29, agreed to a minor league pact with the Dodgers in February, but opted out of the deal on Thursday before getting a big league deal with Cleveland. The veteran middle infielder completed his last major league assignment with the Rays and Brewers in 2018 and logged several starts at first base, second base, shortstop, and DH while batting a cumulative .248/.311/.413 with seven home runs and a .724 OPS through 254 plate appearances.
While it’s unlikely that Miller will return to the 30-homer, 2.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past, he should make a serviceable replacement for either second baseman Jason Kipnis or shortstop Francisco Lindor, both of whom were temporarily shut down with calf injuries earlier this month.
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.