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Adam Haseley sidelined with groin strain


After making his anticipated MLB debut on Tuesday, Phillies top prospect Adam Haseley collected one hit over his first two major-league games this week. Now, per a team announcement on Saturday, he’s headed for the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.

It’s an unlucky break for the outfielder, who ranked no. 3 in the Phillies’ system before getting called up to the big leagues. He impressed in the minors, slashing .275/.358/.466 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, and an .824 OPS over 204 plate appearances at the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2019. He collected his first MLB hit against the Padres on Wednesday — an eighth-inning RBI double that boosted their eventual 7-5 win — but was scratched from Friday’s game with a sore left hip flexor. While his move to the IL is retroactive to June 6, putting a potential return at June 16, a concrete timetable for his return has yet to be established.

In order to compensate for Haseley’s loss, the Phillies shifted Scott Kingery from third base to center field and moved Maikel Franco to the hot corner. They also recalled outfielder Nick Williams from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, though he’s expected to fill a backup role on the team for the time being.

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.