John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix reports that the Diamondbacks have officially hired Torey Lovullo as the club’s new manager. Lovullo had been considered the favorite for the job since Mike Hazen left the Red Sox to join the Diamondbacks as GM.
Lovullo, 51, had served as bench coach for the Red Sox since 2013. He interviewed previously for manager positions with the Rangers and Twins going into the 2015 season but Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor were hired, respectively.
Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com reports that the Diamondbacks will likely lose Triple-A manager Phil Nevin, who was in the running for the job. Nevin is expected to join the Giants as a coach.
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.