Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle took a picture of Tim Lincecum arriving at spring training with a new look:
The end of an era, or at least until it grows back. Also note how he kept the soul patch (although maybe “soul patch” is a generous description of what’s going on there).
UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly from CSNBayArea.com has another angle.
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.