Yordano Ventura exits ALCS Game 2 with an injury

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura left the field with a trainer with two outs in the sixth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Orioles on Saturday night. He threw a fastball to Caleb Joseph, who fouled it back. Ventura then stepped off of the mound and was tended to by a trainer before making a quick exit.

It was not clear exactly why Ventura was taken out, but it’s obviously not a good sign for the Royals. Once there’s an update on his status, we’ll update you here. It’s worth noting that Ventura’s velocity was lower than usual.

Update (7:10 PM ET): Ventura was taken out due to tightness in his right shoulder, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

Brandon Finnegan relieved Ventura.

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.