Giolito was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse following Sunday's start, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. After a lackluster 3.1 innings in Sunday's outing, the Nationals will send their top pitching prospect back to the minors for some more seasoning. Washington will be in need of a fifth starter next Saturday, and Zuckerman named Reynaldo Lopez and Joe Ross (threw 43 pitching in rehab start Sunday) as the two potential candidates for the start. This likely isn't the last to be heard from Giolito, but he'll retake his spot in the Syracuse rotation for now.
Giolito allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks over 3.1 innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Padres. Giolito left the contest after 3.1 innings with a 5-4 lead, but he didn't last long enough to factor into the decision.In his three starts at the major-league level this season, he's allowed six earned runs in 11 innings to give him a 4.91 ERA. His next start has yet to be determined.
Giolito has been recalled from Triple-A and will take the mound Sunday against the Padres, MLB.com's William Ladson reports. The team hasn't made an announcement just yet, but one can deduce that a roster move has been made for Giolito after taking a look at Sunday's lineup card. The young right-hander will take on southpaw Christian Friedrich and a San Diego offense that owns a .214 batting average in the last 14 days.
With the news that Reynaldo Lopez was sent back to Triple-A and Joe Ross will need to make a rehab start, Lucas Giolito is the favorite to start the game for the Nationals on Sunday against the Padres, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Giolito is coming off a great start in his Triple-A debut, allowing no runs and striking out seven in 6.2 innings. While he has yet to officially be named the starter for Sunday, there doesn't seem to be an alternative option for the Nationals at this time.
The Nationals optioned Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. Giolito would not have pitched again for the Nationals prior to the All-Star break, so the team decided to send him down in order to continue getting him regular starts. He could rejoin the big club at some point after the All-Star break, but if and when that happens may depend on the health of fellow starter Joe Ross.