Albert Pujols had knee surgery last week

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Albert Pujols’ 2012 season began kinda crappy and ended kinda crappy: he apparently had knee surgery last week.

Pujols hurt himself in late August. Though he didn’t miss time, he was limited to DH duties for most of September.  The surgery was of the arthorscopic clean-up variety and he is expected to be good to go well in advance of spring training.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.