Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco returns from concussion

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Gregor Blanco needed more than the minimum seven-day stay on the concussion disabled list, but the Giants outfielder is ready to return after being hit by one of teammate Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield on June 9.

Blanco was doing his usual thing before the concussion, hitting .278 with one homer and a .780 OPS in 48 games, and the Giants will likely put him into a starting role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.

Blanco is expected to be activated for tonight’s game against the Dodgers.

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.