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Blue Jays place Ken Giles on IL with elbow inflammation

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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.

Gerrit Cole second-fastest to 200 strikeouts in a season

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Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.

It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.

Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.