Chris Carpenter felt “real good” after bullpen session

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Chris Carpenter had shoulder soreness after throwing last week, but the Cardinals right-hander got back on the mound for 25-30 pitches yesterday and reported feeling “real good” following the bullpen session.

Carpenter indicated to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he’s taking things slow in his recovery from shoulder surgery because he’s wary of suffering a major setback that could jeopardize his career at this point, so for now he’ll stick to bullpen sessions.

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether Carpenter would rejoin the Cardinals as starter or a reliever, but he’s still pretty far from that decision actually being necessary.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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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.