Jose Valverde signs with the Nationals

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that veteran reliever Jose Valverde has signed with the Nationals after opting out of a minor-league contract with the Padres three weeks ago.

It’s another minor-league deal for Valverde, the 37-year-old former All-Star closer who struggled during spring training and hasn’t pitched well in the majors since 2012.

It’s possible he still has enough left in the tank to be useful to the Nationals in a middle relief role, but Valverde will likely have to impress at Triple-A to earn a call-up.

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.