Brewers second base prospect Keston Hiura made his major league debut on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, batting seventh. He wasted no time collecting his first hit, lining a single off of Jerad Eickhoff‘s backside to lead off the top of the second inning.
Eickhoff stayed in the game following the line drive — registered by Statcast at 103.6 MPH — but then yielded a single to Jesús Aguilar followed by a three-run home run to Yasmani Grandal.
Hiura is well-regarded for his ability to make contact. He hit .333 in 147 plate appearances with Triple-A San Antonio prior to his promotion, and owned a .316 batting average across parts of three seasons in the minors.
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.