BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on the disabled list Tuesday with left shoulder inflammation, meaning he will miss his scheduled start this week against the New York Yankees.

Sale said the soreness is in the same spot as usual after a start, but he wasn’t recovering as quickly. Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox president of baseball operations, said there were no plans for an MRI.

“It’s more of a short-term type thing,” Dombrowski said. “But because it’s Chris, it becomes much more of a focus, understandably so.”

Sale had been scheduled to start the opener of a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday night, and lefty Brian Johnson will make the start instead. Boston led New York by a season-high six games in the AL East heading into Tuesday night’s games.

The move was retroactive to Saturday, meaning Sale could start again on Aug. 7, when Boston plays the Toronto Blue Jays.

“If we were in a different position and they needed me to make this next start, I would be out there pitching,” Sale said before the Red Sox played the Phillies at Fenway Park. “I would make that start in two days.”

Sale is leading the majors in strikeouts (207) and tops the AL with a 2.04 ERA. The lefty is 5-0 in his last six starts and hasn’t given up a run in his last three outings.

“When he said something today, we thought it was better that he not pitch rather than taking a chance with that,” Dombrowski said. “We’re hoping it can be knocked out quickly. But any time you have Chris Sale, you’d rather not have him miss a start.”

Right-hander Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Sale’s place on the roster.

A man who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, said he feels lucky to be alive.

Kyle McAleer was sitting with his family and friends under the manual scoreboard when he was hit by a 6- to 8-inch pin during last week’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 20-year-old Iowa man said he began wearing the bucket with his family as a “rally cap” after he saw former Cubs player Starlin Castro wear one a few years ago.

McAleer said he put the bucket on his head about a half-inning before his injury. He said he believes he might have been killed without it.

“It might have fractured my skull. It definitely could have been fatal. I am extremely lucky,” McAleer said.

DODGERS: Authorities say a power outage at Dodger Stadium that caused a 23-minute delay of a game between the Brewers and Dodgers was caused by a Mylar balloon that made contact with overhead electrical equipment.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says an automated switch rerouted power to the stadium in two seconds Monday night. Equipment, however, had to be reset and powered back on by stadium personnel.

ROYALS: Kansas City placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Goodwin got hurt running the bases in the seventh inning of Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader.

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