A’s outfielder Coco Crisp likely out until after All-Star break

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Coco Crisp is expected to avoid surgery for the neck injury that sent him to the disabled list, which is good news considering going under the knife might be career-ending for the 35-year-old A’s outfielder.

However, according to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News he’s likely to be out “until after the All-Star break” and once he does return staying in the lineup will require “workarounds” to avoid career-threatening surgery.

Crisp is making $11 million this season and is owed $11 million next year. He went 2-for-45 (.044) before the injury and batted just .246 with a .699 OPS in 126 games last season. Rookie speedster Billy Burns has replaced Crisp in Oakland’s lineup, starting in center field while Sam Fuld shifts to left field.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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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.