The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday due to an abdominal strain that he suffered during Opening Day against the Detroit Tigers.
The right-hander went four scoreless innings with six strikeouts before getting the early hook after feeling discomfort in the area.
“It was just one of those random things that can happen,” Giolito said on Tuesday (h/t Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun-Times). “As far as an adjustment that needs to be made, I don’t think it’s something that needs to be pursued too hard.”
The 27-year-old is the headlining man of the White Sox’s rotation, entering the 2022 season with the fourth-best odds to win the American League Cy Young Award behind only Gerrit Cole, Shane Beiber, and Robbie Ray.
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It doesn’t appear as though it will be too long of an absence though, as Giolito continued speaking with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
“Recovery and rehab and all that has been going as good as possible,” he said. “It’s still early. It’s just a nice ramp-up. Just get back out there. I’m very confident I’m not going to feel anything playing catch.
“I’ve been throwing a baseball-weight plyo-ball against the wall the last couple days. That’s felt completely fine. It’s just a matter of letting it heal, doing the right exercises, and kind of ramping up.”