Hey, it’s our first injury of spring training! Well, an exceedingly mild one, but since there’s nothing else to talk about, let’s talk about Lucas Duda’s mildly strained side muscle.
Very mildly, it seems, as Terry Collins says that it should only keep him from swinging a bat for a couple of days. Collins believes that the injury was the result of Duda just overdoing it in the cage, noting that he was in Port St. Lucie a month before spring training started working on his swing. See, the A-Rod critics are right: reporting early is really a bad idea.
Duda is coming off his best season and just signed a one-year, $4.2 million deal to avoid arbitration.
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.