The best story of the White Sox season is coming to an early end.
According to reporters covering the team in Minnesota, Lucas Giolito is done for the year after an MRI revealed a mild lat strain.
White Sox say Lucas Giolito has a mild lat strain that was revealed on an MRI today. They say it's normally a 3-4 week injury, and thus ends his season— James Fegan (@JRFegan) September 17, 2019
Hahn on long term worries: "No, nothing. It's very clear it's a mild lat strain and zero long-term concerns."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 17, 2019
As those reporters noted, the injury normally wouldn't be considered your typical "season ender," say if it occurred in the middle of the summer, but with only a couple weeks remaining in the 2019 campaign, this is it for Giolito.
What a remarkable season it was for the young right-hander, who went from the pitcher with the worst statistics in baseball last season to an All-Star, the ace of the South Side starting staff and a guy who could receive Cy Young votes.
Giolito was scheduled to face off against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Instead, he'll finish the season with a 3.41 ERA, 228 strikeouts and two complete-game shutouts against the Twins and Houston Astros, two of the best teams in the American League. He finishes with the seventh-highest single-season strikeout total in team history and the newly earned club record for the most consecutive strikeouts after he fanned eight straight Kansas City Royals in his most recent start.
While the White Sox have made it known that they'll be shopping for starting pitching this winter, they will head into the offseason with one top-of-the-rotation starter already in the fold in Giolito. His transformation, along with those of Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson, provides a good chunk of the optimism that the 2020 campaign could be the one in which the White Sox make the transition from rebuilding to contending.
It's a bummer that White Sox fans will miss out on a couple more Giolito starts - especially against the Twins, who he shutout last time he faced them in Minnesota - but it's been a season worth celebrating for the 25-year-old and a season that should provide a ton of excitement for the future.
Lucas Giolito's remarkable 2019 season over as MRI reveals mild lat strain originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago