Second baseman Rougned Odor helped cut into the Rangers’ deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. Entering the inning trailing 8-3, Odor doubled in a run to make it 8-5. Odor would advance to third base on an infield single. Later, with Shin-Soo Choo batting with two outs, Odor noticed lefty Ryan Buchter wasn’t paying attention when he was coming set on the mound. Odor decided to attempt a straight steal of home and did so easily, reducing the deficit to 8-6.
The A’s would tack on a run in the top of the ninth and the Rangers would fight back for two in the bottom half of the ninth, falling just short in a 9-8 loss. Odor finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a pair of doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored. He needed a good day at the plate. Even after Sunday’s effort, he’s batting a meager .177/.246/.333 with seven homers, 29 RBI, 27 runs scored, and five stolen bases in 204 plate appearances on the season.
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.