Rockies move Justin Morneau to the 60-day disabled list

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Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports that the Rockies have transferred first baseman Justin Morneau to the 60-day disabled list. The freed-up roster spot allowed them to claim reliever Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Cubs. They then optioned Germen to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Morneau, 34, hasn’t played since May 13 due to concussion symptoms. The move seems to indicate that the Rockies don’t expect Morneau to return anytime soon. He was hitting .290/.317/.450 with three home runs and nine RBI prior to hitting the disabled list.

Germen, 27, made only six appearances at the major league level for the Cubs this season, allowing five runs on eight hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in six innings.

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.