Add another name to the ever-expanding list of injured Giants, as first baseman Brandon Belt is headed for an MRI exam after leaving Tuesday’s game with a strained groin.
Belt suffered the injury while chasing after a foul ball and afterward told Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com: “Honestly I don’t think it’s too bad.”
However, manager Bruce Bochy seemed a little less certain that it’s a minor injury, adding: “It’s not worth taking the chance.”
Adam Duvall and Andrew Susac are the likely fill-in options.
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.