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Phillies place Vince Velasquez on 10-day injured list

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The Phillies have placed right-hander Vince Velasquez on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, lefty reliever Austin Davis has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The extent of Velasquez’s injury, as well as a clear timetable for his return to the rotation, has not been revealed. The 26-year-old righty struggled to go the distance in all but one of his seven appearances with the team so far this season, however, and pitched to a 1-2 record with a 3.86 ERA, 4.5 BB/9, and 9.5 SO/9 through 30 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

Without Velasquez on the mound for Sunday’s series finale against the Royals, it appears the Phillies will turn to rookie southpaw Cole Irvin. The 25-year-old was ranked ninth-highest in the club’s farm system by MLB.com and has proven a capable competitor in his second straight Triple-A stint, during which he went 2-0 in six starts with a 2.25 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 5.8 SO/9 across 36 innings. He’ll make his major-league debut against Kansas City righty Jakob Junis when the teams face off on Sunday at 2:15 PM EDT.

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.