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Indians promote Bobby Bradley

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The Indians have promoted top prospect Bobby Bradley from Triple-A Columbus, per an official announcement. Bradley will make his MLB debut playing first base and batting seventh when the Indians take on the Tigers for Sunday’s series finale at 1:10 PM EDT.

According to MLB Pipeline, the 23-year-old infielder currently ranks sixth-best among the organization’s prospect pool. Bradley was selected in the third round of the 2014 amateur draft and has impressed at nearly every minor league level since then. While he profiles as an average runner and defender, the Indians have no doubts about his offense: he’ll enter the big leagues with a .292/.359/.638 batting line, 24 home runs, 55 RBI, and a .997 OPS through 284 plate appearances in Triple-A this year.

In a corresponding move, lefty reliever Josh Smith has been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Bradley on the roster. Smith, 29, has yo-yoed between the two levels quite frequently over the last month, allowing seven hits, three runs, five walks, and striking out nine of 28 batters over his first five innings in the majors.

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.