The Dodgers called up Shawn Tolleson to replace Zack Greinke on the 25-man roster after their $147 million man suffered a broken collarbone when Carlos Quentin charged the mound during last night’s game in San Diego. Tolleson is a 25-year-old right-hander who got his first taste of the Majors last year, posting a 4.30 ERA in 37.2 innings of relief.
Greinke will have surgery to place a rod in his clavicle, reports Ken Rosenthal. He is expected to be out eight weeks, but Will Carroll calls that time frame “aggressive”. Carroll adds, “Dr. Neal ElAttrache does often have aggressive timelines and usually hits the goal.”
As Aaron pointed out earlier, Ted Lilly could take Greinke’s spot in the rotation.
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.