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Lucas Giolito left White Sox game with an apparent injury

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Lucas Giolito made his third straight Opening Day start for the Chicago White Sox. It was the right decision made by them as he is the ace of the staff. He had his ace stuff on Friday to open the season but left the game a little bit earlier than we thought he would.

It was a little surprising to see Bennett Sousa come out to start the 5th inning as Giolito’s day was clearly done. He left the game with two walks, six strikeouts, and no earned runs against. He had also only given up one hit so it was certainly a curious move.

Well, we came to find out a little bit later that Giolito left the game with abdominal tightness in his left side. The White Sox also confirmed that he is being further evaluated. This is some of the worst news that could come out of this day.

The White Sox are already in injury trouble. They are missing Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, and Garrett Crochet from the mix so losing Giolito early in the first game is tough. Lynn and Kelly will be back but Crochet is done for the year with Tommy John.

The Chicago White Sox can’t afford to lose Lucas Giolito for very long.

Giolito is an incredible pitcher. He is going to be one of the best pitchers in the American League this season and this game was a great start. We have to hope that this decision to take him out early was just precautionary.

Losing him for any period of time would really hurt the White Sox in the early going, especially with Lynn missing for about a month. If Giolito is right back out there for his next start, all of this will be okay.

He left the game before reaching the 5th inning so he is not the pitcher of record. The White Sox were winning 3-0 at the time of his departure. This is going to be a long season so risking anything with their ace is not a good idea. You have to wonder when the injury bug is going to leave the Chicago White Sox locker room. Hopefully, it is soon.

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