August 13, 2018 / 2:25 AM / in 3 months

MLB notebook: Red Sox activate Sale for Sunday start

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was activated from the 10-day disabled list, and he beat the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Aug 12, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (41) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

The Red Sox placed Sale on the DL on July 31 with mild left shoulder inflammation, believing at the time it would be a short stint. Brian Johnson held his place in the rotation in the interim.

Sale was pulled after five shutout innings Sunday, allowing just one hit with 12 strikeouts in Boston’s 4-1 win. He threw just 68 pitches after coming into the contest with a pregame 100-pitch limit imposed by manager Alex Cora.

—The Seattle Mariners activated right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from the 10-day disabled list to start the team’s road game against the Houston Astros.

Right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to open a roster spot.

Ramirez, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, slides into the rotation spot of recently demoted Felix Hernandez. The 28-year-old pitched five scoreless innings Sunday, giving up just three hits with three strikeouts and no walks in the Mariners’ 4-3, 10-inning win that sealed a four-game sweep at Houston.

—The St. Louis Cardinals scratched right-hander Luke Weaver from his start because of a cut index finger on his pitching hand.

Weaver sustained the cut while removing aluminum foil from a food container during Saturday night’s game. Weaver is 6-10 with a 4.66 ERA in 23 starts this season. The 24-year-old is 14-16 with a 4.62 ERA in 45 appearances (41 starts) in parts of three seasons with St. Louis.

Tyson Ross replaced Weaver as the starter Sunday and got the win against the Kansas City Royals, pitching six innings in the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory. It represented the right-hander’s first appearance since St. Louis claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Aug. 5.

—The Texas Rangers activated center fielder Delino DeShields from the seven-day concussion list ahead of the team’s game against the New York Yankees, sending outfielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.

DeShields landed on the concussion list on Aug. 3 after complaining of headaches that stemmed from a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 11 when he hit his head while diving for a catch.

DeShields, 25, went 1-for-4 with an RBI is his return and is hitting .209 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 82 games this season. He also missed time early in the season with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand but returned well ahead of schedule.

—Los Angeles Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs went right back on the 10-day disabled list with the groin injury that has bothered him in recent weeks.

The Angels activated Skaggs from the DL to start Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, and things didn’t go well. Skaggs served up three homers and was torched for seven runs and 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

The 27-year-old Skaggs (8-8 in 21 starts) has seen his ERA balloon from 2.62 to 3.78 over his past two turns. The Angels recalled right-hander Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move. Paredes tossed two scoreless innings Sunday, lowering his ERA to 6.87 in 14 appearances for Los Angeles this season.

—The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Yangervis Solarte on the 10-day disabled list, one day after he departed a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays due to a right oblique injury.

Highly touted catching prospect Danny Jansen was called up from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. Jansen was batting .275 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 88 games with Buffalo.

Solarte was injured during a second-inning at-bat and left with a 2-2 count. He swung at and missed a pitch from Tampa Bay right-hander Ryne Stanek and fell to a knee. Trainers examined Solarte, and the Blue Jays removed him from the contest.

—When Jack Morris pitched for the Detroit Tigers, he was known to have a bit of a fiery personality. It’s no wonder then that the Tigers put sparklers along the path Morris would take from the dugout to a stage behind the mound at Comerica Park when they retired his No. 47.

Two weeks ago, Morris, 63, was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. after pitching 18 seasons in the major leagues and retiring in 1994. He spent 14 of those years (1977-90) in Detroit, along with two in Toronto and single seasons in Minnesota and Cleveland.

“Detroit is a part of who I am,” he told the fans and his former teammates gathered for the ceremony before the start of the Tigers’ game against his hometown Twins. “They gave me my chance. The organization drafted me out of college, and I never really thought that I would play this long in Detroit.”

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