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Indians designate Leonys Martín for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Leonys Martín for assignment, the team announced Saturday. The move cleared a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters for right-hander Aaron Civale, who’s scheduled to make his major-league debut when the Indians take on the Tigers at 4:10 PM EDT.

Martín, 31, labored through a slow start to his 2019 campaign, slashing a mere .199/.276/.343 with nine home runs and 19 RBI through 264 plate appearances. His subpar production levels on the field and at the plate fed into a career-worst -0.6 fWAR, and he finished his run with Cleveland after going 0-for-3 during a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Without their veteran centerfielder, the Indians will utilize Oscar Mercado in center, Jake Bauers in left, and Tyler Naquin in right. Civale, meanwhile, will take the mound for his first MLB start; so far in 2019, the 24-year-old holds a 5-0 record in seven starts at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, with a cumulative 2.85 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 across 41 innings.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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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.