The Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced Friday.
The move comes days after Giolito left his last start after injuring himself while pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That happened moments after he fielded a ball awkwardly.
“We just have to be really safe, because you rush him back and they get hurt, that’s the worst consequence,” manager Tony La Russa said Friday afternoon. “Clearly, we have to decide well before we trot him out. Be as careful as we can.”
Giolito joins teammate in the starting rotation Lance Lynn on the disabled list. Lynn will miss at least one opening due to right knee inflammation, while Giolito can only miss one as well. The White Sox are on a stretch of their schedule that includes multiple days off.
“If it were towards the end of the year, I feel like I probably wouldn’t do the IL, but we’re in a place where we have time on our side,” Giolito said. “I’m progressing really well. The hamstring feels good, but at the same time I’m not putting pressure on it.
“I knew right away that it was quite mild and the MRI confirmed it.”
Despite some concern about their starting rotation, still in first place and the White Sox preparing for the postseason, La Russa is grateful the injuries are of the lower-body variety.
“How can you not worry?” La Russa asked. “If Lucas and Lynn were taking their regular shifts, then I’d be more optimistic. I’m naturally cautious.
“I don’t want to curse anything, but we are in good shape with our arms.”
Giolito is 9-9 with a 3.69 ERA that includes a 2.82 mark in the second half. The White Sox called up Triple-A right-hander Ryan Burr, Charlotte, to take his place on the roster.