Angels place Johnny Giavotella on disabled list with “personal medical condition”

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Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling a “personal medical condition.”

Giavotella has started 114 of 124 games at second base for the Angels this season, but he’ll miss at least two weeks with the undisclosed issue and Triple-A call-up Grant Green is expected to see most of the action at second base in his absence.

Giavotella has hit .265 with three homers and a .662 OPS in 119 games. Green has spent nearly all season in the minors, but the former first-round draft pick previously hit .259 with two homers and a .640 OPS in 88 games in 2013/2014.

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.