Javier Baez out 4-8 weeks with a fractured left ring finger

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Cubs shortstop prospect will miss four to eight weeks after suffering a fractured left ring finger during Sunday’s game with Triple-A Iowa, ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports. Baez was sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt when the injury occurred.

Baez, 22, was performing quite well with Iowa, batting .314/.387/.540 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 155 plate appearances. Given the lack of openings on the Cubs’ roster, Baez wouldn’t have necessarily been promoted anytime in the near future. A shortstop by trade, Baez can also play second and third base, but with Starlin Castro, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant, the Cubs weren’t exactly going to boot anyone off the boat to make room for Baez.

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.