Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will join the club on Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Since joining the Rangers from the Angels in a late-April transaction, the 34-year-old has been playing with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. In 46 combined plate appearances at both levels, Hamilton has hit .364/.391/.545 with one home run and six RBI.
Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery in February and later admitted to relapsing into cocaine use, which created some tension between him and the Angels’ front office, including GM Jerry DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno.
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.