UPDATE: Astros in “serious discussions” with Ryan Vogelsong

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UPDATE: FOX 26 Sports’ Mark Berman reports that Vogelsong is currently in Houston, which is an indication that he could be in town for a pre-signing physical. However, the free agent pitcher said he’s not ready to comment on his situation with the Astros.

6:50 p.m. ET: After acquiring Evan Gattis from the Braves last week and swapping Dexter Fowler to the Cubs today for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily, the Astros might have another move up their sleeve soon.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are in “serious discussions” with free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. Houston projects to have Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman, and Brett Oberholtzer in the first four spots in their rotation, but they are still looking for some back-end depth. Straily gives them another option, but the Astros could opt to stash him in the minors.

Vogelsong, 37, posted a 4.00 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings across 32 starts with the Giants last season. He has also been linked to the Rockies in recent days.

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.