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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in meeting with coaches

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The New York Post reports that Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen threw a chair in the middle of a heated clubhouse meeting with Mets coaches following the Mets’ loss to the Phillies on Friday night.

The Post reports that the meeting saw Van Wagenen “lash out” at the coaching staff in anger following yet another bullpen implosion which saw Philly score five runs in the ninth inning. Here’s the account of how it went down:

After ripping the coaches, according to a source, the usually mild-mannered Van Wagenen picked up a chair and threw it and told [Manager Mickey] Callaway to go conduct his “f–king press conference.” Callaway provided no hint that anything was amiss as he met with reporters following the loss.

Van Wagenen, reached by phone before the Mets faced the Phillies on Saturday, wouldn’t confirm or deny the incident.

Callaway wouldn’t comment either, saying that what happens in closed-door meetings stays behind those closed doors. Which obviously is not the case here because one of the coaches or others in that meeting told the Post about it, so you feel like maybe it’s worth commenting on? I dunno. Not my team.

What I do know is that the outburst from Van Wagenen comes just two weeks after Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas went after a reporter, with Callaway directing a series of profanities at beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday and called for Healey to be thrown out of the clubhouse. As Healey attempted to leave, Vargas stared him down and said, “I’ll knock you the f–k out, bro.” Several players and other Mets representatives had to separate Vargas from Healey.

Meanwhile, the Mets have lost 11 of their last 16 games, are 12.5 games out of first place and have the second-worst record in the National League.

So, yeah, good times.

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.