Twins prospect Miguel Sano was on the verge of the majors last spring when elbow problems led to Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for the entire season at age 21, but now he’s back and announced his return with a mammoth home run off Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole:
Sano was a consensus top-10 prospect before elbow surgery and hit .280 with 35 homers and a .992 OPS in 123 games between Single-A and Double-A in 2013. He’ll begin this season in the minors, but there’s a good chance he’s in Minnesota to stay in the second half.
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.