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Yankees place Aaron Hicks on disabled list with intercostal muscle strain

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The New York Yankees just announced that they have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain. They have called up outfielder Billy McKinney from Scranton to take his place on the roster.

Hicks went 2-for-4 in yesterday’s opener in Toronto. He was not reported to have been hurt during or immediately after the game — the pic above was taken after the final out, so he felt decent enough then, it seems — so it’s unclear when he sustained the injury. An intercostal strain is a strain of the muscles in the ribs. It could’ve happened on a swing. It may not have gotten sore until hours after the game or even this morning.

Hicks joins outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, who has a right oblique strain, and Clint Frazier, who has a concussion on the Yankees’ DL. One game in and outfield depth is already a problem. In the meantime, Aaron Boone could slide Brett Gardner over from left field to center and move Giancarlo Stanton out of the DH slot and into left field. Guess we’ll know at game time.

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.