Stephen Strasburg tests trapezius strain with 30-pitch bullpen session

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg landed on the disabled list last weekend with a left trapezius strain, but he’s already back on the mound.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Strasburg threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that he felt good, but the Nationals will see how he responds tomorrow before deciding on the next step.

The Nationals will have to hope that the time off will prove beneficial. Strasburg hasn’t looked anything like himself this season, posting a 6.55 ERA with a 45/14 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings over 10 starts. Only Kyle Lohse and Ian Kennedy have a higher ERA among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched.

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.