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Dodgers call up pitching prospect Dennis Santana

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With Kenta Maeda straining his hip last night the Dodgers are going to need some pitching help. That help is going to come in the form of prospect Dennis Santana, who Fanrag Sports reports is being called up to Los Angeles.

Santana, a 22-year-old righty, was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop but has progressed nicely as a pitcher in the Dodgers system and is now generally considered to be one of the team’s top five prospects. He began the season in Double-A and has only spent about two weeks at Oklahoma City. Nonetheless, he has posted 2.54 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 16 walks in 49.2 innings in ten minor league starts.

Figure he’ll begin in the pen but, at some point, he could see some big league starts.

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.