Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías has been placed on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates Monday night’s incident during which the 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.
This is standard procedure and doesn’t represent anything noteworthy about this specific situation. Once MLB concludes its investigation of Urías, the league can issue a formal punishment as it did last October when Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was suspended 40 games, retroactive to the date Russell’s administrative leave began.
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.