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Blue Jays place Ken Giles on IL with elbow inflammation


The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that closer Ken Giles has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation. Minor league pitcher Jordan Romano has had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo.

Giles, 28, doesn’t seem concerned. He said he recovered slowly after back-to-back appearances against the Yankees last week and won’t need more than the minimum 10 days on the injured list, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

Giles has racked up 11 saves with a 1.08 ERA and a 42/7 K/BB ratio in 25 innings of work this season. Given that the Blue Jays are 23-43, it stands to reason that Giles could be shopped to contending teams ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, assuming he returns from the IL and continues to pitch well.

Romano, 26, posted a 6.10 ERA with a 43/13 K/BB ratio across 31 innings at Triple-A this season.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.