Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez hit his 200th career home run, belting a two-run homer off of David Hess in the top of the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. The dinger broke a scoreless tie.
Martinez is the 347th member of the 200 homer club. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joined the club yesterday. A handful of other players are on the precipice of 200 homers, including Freddie Freeman (196), Nolan Arenado (195), Todd Frazier (195), Shin-Soo Choo (193), and Bryce Harper (190).
After Tuesday’s round-tripper, Martinez is batting .326/.396/.500 on the season with five homers, 20 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 149 plate appearances.
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.