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Yoenis Céspedes has season-ending surgery

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The other day Yoenis Céspedes, who was already in the process of recovering from last year’s season-ending surgery on his foot — suffered multiple ankle fractures from an accident on his ranch. Yesterday he underwent surgery and is, once again, expected to miss the remainder of the season as a result.

It wasn’t certain that Céspedes was going to make it back in any meaningful way in 2018 as it is, but obviously it’s somewhat less than ideal to, you know, suffer multiple broken bones in your ankles when you’re a professional athlete. At some point I’m sure we’ll get the story of just what happened to Céspedes — initial reports were that he fell off a horse, then that was quickly amended to a report that he did not fall off a horse — but either way it means at least two lost seasons in a row for the guy.

Céspedes turns 34 in October. He’s making $29 million this season and $29 million next season on the four-year, $110 million deal he inked following the 2016 season. That means that, assuming he heals properly, he’ll almost certainly be back at Mets camp for one more go-around in 2020, but it’s not insane to think that, at this point, his baseball career is in serious jeopardy.

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.