Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito quit his opening day start Friday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers after just four innings pitched due to abdominal tightness, the team announced.
Giolito allowed just one hit and two walks to six strikeouts in his shorthanded scoreless outing, and he threw 36 of his 61 pitches for strikes. The White Sox were leading the Tigers 3-0 when Giolito left.
The 2019 All-Star signed a one-year, $7.45 million contract with Chicago a week ago to avoid arbitration. Giolito went 11-9 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 201 strikeouts in 178 2/3 innings pitched last year.
His injury comes just five days after it was announced that fellow White Sox top rotation arm Lance Lynn was set to miss four weeks with a knee injury. On Tuesday, Chicago reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with former two-time All-Star starter Johnny Cueto.
If Giolito’s injury ends up being serious, the White Sox may need Cueto’s services sooner rather than later.