Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar is back on the injured list with a partial labrum tear in his right shoulder.
Andújar has already missed a month of action as the Yankees chose to rehab his way back into the lineup, but this latest setback could mean surgery is back on the table. Andújar went 3-for-34 in nine games, mostly as a DH, since his return.
Giovany Urshela has handled third base since Andújar’s injury and has done an admirable job, batting .341/.396/.505 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 101 plate appearances.
The injury news is not yet done for the depleted Yankees. Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga has been shut down for the next four weeks after being diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain. He was slated to start Monday night against the Orioles but was scratched for Luis Cessa before being placed on the 10-day IL. Somehow, despite all of the injuries, the Yankees enter Monday’s action 24-16, a half-game behind the first-place Rays in the AL East.
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.