LaTroy Hawkins lost his hold on the Rockies’ ninth-inning job last week to Adam Ottavino and now his 2015 season continues to spiral in an ugly direction.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Hawkins was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a biceps injury. 25-year-old right-hander Scott Oberg has arrived from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the vacant bullpen spot. The severity of Hawkins’ injury is unknown. He tossed a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday night against the Padres, but the 42-year-old right-hander owns a rough 10.50 ERA in seven total appearances this season.
Hawkins announced in December that this will be his final year in the majors. He’s making $2.25 million.
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.