Brandon McCarthy left his start Saturday with tight elbow

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Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy called for a trainer immediately after serving up a three-run homer to Padres slugger Justin Upton in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night at Petco Park. McCarthy then acknowledged to reporters after the game that he has been experiencing tightness in his pitching elbow for over a week, adding that he probably should have departed in the second inning of Los Angeles’ eventual 11-8 victory over the Padres.

McCarthy will get an MRI on the elbow Monday.

It figures that he’ll miss at least one turn in the rotation, and quite possibly much more.

McCarthy, 31, signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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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.