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Robbie Ray exits game after getting hit in the head by a line drive

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Diamondbacks’ left-hander Robbie Ray was removed from Friday’s game after getting struck in the head with a line drive. The incident occurred in the second inning, when Cardinals’ batter Luke Voit laced a 108.1 MPH comebacker up the middle and caught Ray on the back of the head.

Third baseman Daniel Descalso fielded the ball for the second out of the inning, while Ray immediately collapsed on the mound after the hit and was attended to by team personnel. He was able to sit up after being helped onto a cart and exited the field to a standing ovation. The team is expected to update his status after he undergoes a preliminary evaluation.

Following the delay, fellow southpaw T.J. McFarland took the ball for Arizona. He gave up a two-out single to Harrison Bader and induced an inning-ending groundout from opposing starter Michael Wacha. The Diamondbacks are currently tied 0-0 with the Cardinals in the top of the fifth inning.

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.