Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hasn’t played since last Wednesday due to a bout of “extreme fatigue“. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports that GM John Mozeliak confirmed Carpenter will rejoin the team in Cleveland when they open up a three-game series on Tuesday.
Langosch also mentions that the Cardinals will be more mindful of Carpenter’s schedule, as he shows up seven hours prior to game time to engage in a strenuous workout routine. He had appeared in all 27 games before he was shelved on May 7.
Carpenter got off to a terrific start, batting .333/.403/.620 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored. The Cardinals will be quite happy to have him back in the lineup.
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.