The Cubs are calling up Willson Contreras

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game.

Contreras is one of the game’s top prospects and he’s currently raking at Triple-A Iowa, boasting a .350/.439/.591 batting line with nine homers and 16 doubles in 239 plate appearances this season. How much he’ll play in Chicago is an open question, however, given that they already have two catchers in Miguel Montero and David Ross. Rosenthal says that the Cubs will carry three catchers for now. Worth noting that the Cubs do not play an interleague game until after the All-Star break, so DHing Contreras to see how his bat plays is not really an option for a while.

Given David Ross’ popularity in the clubhouse, status as a team leader and given how much Cubs pitchers like throwing to him (particularly Jon Lester), it seems more likely that Montero will get some more time on the pine in the short term.

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.