Edwin Jackson made his Blue Jays debut on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, four days after the club acquired him from the Athletics. In doing so, he suited up for his 14th different major league team, setting a new record.
Jackson had previously been tied with reliever Octavio Dotel, having pitched for 13 different teams each. Jackson was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. He would go on to pitch for the Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles before joining the A’s last year.
Jackson, 35, hadn’t pitched in the majors this year, but made a start with High-A Stockton and two with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Athletics’ organization prior to the trade. He was quite good for the A’s last year, though, posting a 3.33 ERA in 92 innings spanning 17 starts. The rebuilding Blue Jays don’t necessarily care whether or not Jackson can revisit that success; they’re more interested in his ability to soak up innings throughout the year.
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.