Derek Holland likely out at least two months with a left shoulder injury

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Rangers pitcher Derek Holland left Friday’s start against the Astros after pitching just one inning due to a left shoulder injury. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Holland will be shut down for four to six weeks with a sub-scapula sprain of his left shoulder. That likely means he’ll be out at least a couple of months.

Anthony Bass relieved Holland in the game and pitched five strong innings, allowing only one run. Bass is a candidate to take Holland’s vacated spot in the starting rotation. Nick Tepesch is another candidate. The Rangers could also seek pitching help from outside the organization.

As for Holland, it’s another stroke of bad luck as he missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in January following a fall at home.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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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.