The Washington Nationals got a boost today: they have activated Trea Turner from the injured list. He’ll bat leadoff and play short in tonight’s game against the Cubs.
Turner has been out since early April with a broken finger. He broke that finger while trying to bunt a day after hitting two homers in a game so here’s hoping he swings away, swings away.
Turner had only played four games when he went down but had started out hot. The season now begins for him anew. He’s sure to be an upgrade over Wilmer Difo and Carter Kieboom, neither of whom have hit a lick in Turner’s absence.
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.