The Twins announced on Monday that DH Nelson Cruz has been activated from the injured list. To make room on the 25-man roster, Luis Arraez was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.
Cruz, 38, spent three weeks on the IL due to a strained left wrist. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 144 plate appearances. Despite Cruz’s absence, the Twins went 15-4 between May 13 and June 2.
Arraez, 22, made his major league debut on May 18. Across 10 games, he hit .375 with a pair of doubles, a home run, and three RBI in 30 trips to the plate. Arraez certainly showed enough in a small sample to warrant another call-up later in the season when the Twins need reinforcements.
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.