The White Sox placed Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to September 1, due to a left hamstring strain this afternoon. It seems the move is mostly precautionary, as manager Tony La Russa told reporters (including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times) that Giolito is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next Wednesday. The White Sox can afford to be especially cautious with even minor injuries for their top players, as they’re coasting to a division title and hoping to get everybody right for the postseason. Giolito has a 3.69 ERA/3.68 SIERA over 158 1/3 innings this season.
Some more health situations around the league:
- The Giants announced they’ve activated third baseman Evan Longoria from the 10-day injured list. The 35-year-old returns in time for perhaps the club’s biggest series of the year, as San Francisco is set to kick off a three-game set against the Dodgers, with whom they’re tied atop the NL West. Injuries have limited Longoria to 199 plate appearances this season, but he’s looked rejuvenated when healthy. Longoria owns a .289/.382/.526 line with ten home runs. Mauricio Dubón was optioned to clear active roster space.
- The Yankees activated shortstop Gleyber Torres from the 10-day injured list before this evening’s game with the Orioles. The 24-year-old returns after a three-week absence due to a thumb sprain. Torres got off to a slow start but looked like he’d begun to turn a corner offensively before going down. He has a .253/.328/.351 mark across 407 plate appearances altogether. New York optioned outfielder Estevan Florial in a corresponding move.
- Athletics designated hitter/first baseman Mitch Moreland landed on the 10-day injured list with left wrist tendinitis earlier this week. Manager Bob Melvin told reporters (including Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle) that Moreland’s wrist will be in a splint “for at least a few weeks.” With a month remaining in the regular season, that would seemingly put Moreland’s season in jeopardy — at least barring an A’s postseason run. Moreland has struggled to a .227/.286/.415 line across 252 plate appearances this season, a disappointing follow-up to a strong 2020 campaign split between the Red Sox and Padres.
- The Nationals placed reliever Kyle McGowin on the 10-day injured list this afternoon. The right-hander has a UCL sprain in his throwing elbow and will see a specialist to determine his course of treatment, relays Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com. Any injury to a pitcher’s UCL raises the specter of a potential Tommy John surgery, although there’s no indication McGowin is facing any sort of procedure just yet. The 29-year-old has made 30 relief appearances for the Nats this season, working to a 4.20 ERA/3.85 SIERA.
Odds the Giolito is a play for some rest before the post season?
Case in point for reinstating the 15 day IL.
His injury is really a case in favor of the 10 day IL. Nice post tho.
Not a play at all….though it was coming in a couple of weeks. Rodon and Lynn more likely “injuries for rest plays”. Giolito’s injury is real and they may have been lucky he didn’t get hurt further throwing the couple extra pitches between getting hurt fielding the ball and being taken out.
Actually it did look like he hurt it more after throwing a couple of pitches. They really should have erred on the side of caution and pulled him after he made the play that hurt him (when they first went out to evaluate him).
Dumpster Divin Theo
Unless the hammy was a stunt. Kind of like the way jai-alai players give off an exaggerated oh rats express after just missing the ball. Either way a goodie. Tan and rested for October
Yep, I watched that happen live and was extremely confused why they didn’t take him out. He clearly tweaked his leg (hamstring, I guess) and wasn’t 100%; if this were the playoffs he’d probably play through it, but why risk that in September?
I’d like to think Lynn was just rest, but comments yesterday were a little bleak. Something about being behind the injury, and needing to get ahead of it. It sounded like he has an actual issue and is more than just rest.
In any case with Engel, Lynn, Giolito, and TA7 on the DL, and Rodon showing some fatigue, you have to wonder how healthy they will be as a group. It’d be great to have everyone optimal but that’s a lot of IF’s. Hope they get some positive luck for a change.
Not that I’m panicking right now, I wouldn’t be as concerned if Keuchel wasn’t becoming the next Shields or Danks. I could easily write off a clunker or two over the last couple of months, because it happens over the course of a long season, but he has been brutal almost every game over the last month or so. And it’s not like they can send him to the pen with Lynn and Giolito out. As long as he figures it out by Oct, I guess. Good thing they have a 10 game lead.
Again, I don’t want to sound like I’m panicking, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring up a SP relatively soon. I guess they have until the Oakland series, which is right around the corner. Hopefully Lambert (or whoever they bring up) can give 4 or 5 good innings in Oakland and either Lynn or Giolito can make it back after that.
I am pretty sure all/most of the Whitesox players on IL would be playing if playoffs started tomorrow… Giolitto said it himself when interviewed… that’s not to say that they are at 100% or will be at 100%… but they will be coming off injured list soon and contributing to a playoff run.
From the article on MLB.com, sounds like it’s an actual injury, one he’s suffered before, and this time less intense.
Ty all for educating me, ig im used to the dodgers manipulating the IL
Mitch Moreland still has a career as a relief pitcher.
Just stupid! Just stupid! Just stupid!
“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!”
If there is any strategy in baseball that drives me more batty it’s this one!
Rogers throws EIGHT pitches in the 8th, SEVEN for strikes. His place does not come up in the bottom of the inning, but he is STILL removed from the game!
So. Cal. Giants fan
That’s how I feel about Kapler and his analytic style coaching. One of the best contact hitters on the club is Lamont Wade Jr. I believe it was the third inning, when the Giants had runners in scoring position and he pinch hits for him. Austin Slater get a base hit and the Giants score one run. However, throughout the rest of the game, Wade’s bat is no longer a factor in the game. I believe several times his spot in order came up where the Giants needed just a fly ball to score the go ahead run, and they failed.
Wade is hitting under .100 against lefties. In absolutely no world should he get an at bat with the bases loaded against a lefty. Everything that happens afterwards is unpredictable.
You must realize that Wade has only 4 hits in 39 ABs against LHPs. He has a slash line of .103/.222/.154 with a .376 OPS against lefties for his career. Vesia, being a LHP, was purposely brought in to face Wade.
In a good scoring opportunity like that, with the bases loaded and only one out, I would have done the same thing. Slater has a slash line of .277/.371/.456 and an OPS of .827 for his career against LHPs. I think most, if not all, managers in MLB would have done the same thing.
I’m with you on Wade too. He’s been like having a rookie named Willie Mays. It should be very hard to pull him from s game. He’s a very relaxed and confident hitter and should have a great future.
I like that Kapler regularly uses all of his players. That’s helped give them more experience and confidence. But lately, he’s got a bit reckless in my view. In today’s game, the Dodgers were also a bit reckless in their use of the bullpen…using some high leverage relievers much earlier in the ballgame.
Well, stupid, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. The thing that has impressed me most about Kapler is that he will not let the outcome of one game interfere with his season long strategy of not pressing his players excessively, and losing them through fatigue, and overuse, when the games matter the most.
Sure, if this was the 7th game of the WS, I’d question Kapler for not sticking with Rogers. But this is an important 3 game series, and having Rogers available for tomorrow, and perhaps Sunday, is essential in the long run. You’re thinking sprint, when this is really a marathon. Don’t fire all your bullets at once, and be left with throwing your gun as the last option.
Nice try! But 8 pitches is not a strain. That’s like Dr. Christian Bernard doing the first successful heart transplant, doing all of the most difficult work, but then stepping aside for some first year physician trying to finish his residency requirements. Meanwhile, the patient almost died a second time while they were sewing him up!
I don’t think it’s like that.
Relief pitching probably doesn’t get likened to heart surgery very often, however, so congrats on that?
Just trying to bring some levity to the table with a modest dose of sarcasm.
What’s the point of having a rapier-like wit if you can’t stab people with it?
That’s not allowed here. I live a state that preaches tolerance and political correctness. Otherwise, you’re gunna hear the words, “You are canceled!”
With the September call ups in effect right now Giolito’s stint on the ten day DL is just a move to bring someone up for the time being and he is back in the rotation for the Red Sox series when the White Sox come back home next weekend. People need to know the rules with the ten day DL and the September call ups along with a strain hamstring. Its smart to let Giolito skip a start to rest his hamstring before really injuring it. In the meantime, the White Sox are going to have Giolito throw sessions this upcoming week so this is not bad as you guy believe it is.