Chicago White Sox place Lucas Giolito on COVID-19 injured list

CHICAGO -- White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list a few hours before Chicago's game Friday against the New York Yankees.

Chicago manager Tony LaRussa said that Giolito began to experience mild symptoms late Wednesday but might be able to take his next turn in the Chicago rotation if he clears MLB's protocols.

"Lucas' case looks like it's mild," LaRussa said, reaching behind him to knock on some wood in the dugout. "I think we're going to be OK. But it's a good heads-up, a reminder that you've got to be careful."

Giolito, 27, was not scheduled to appear during Chicago's four-game weekend series against New York. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA over five starts this season.

"The way he's feeling, the anticipation is that he'll be able to do a workout so that he can maintain what he's got," LaRussa said.

To fill Giolito's spot on the roster, second-year outfielder Andrew Vaughn was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. He appeared in two rehab games for Triple-A Charlotte while working his way back from a bruised right hand suffered on May 2 when he was hit by a pitch. Vaughn homered twice for Charlotte on Thursday.

Vaughn, 24, is hitting .283 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games this season.

The White Sox had a game postponed Wednesday because of COVID-19 when an outbreak hit the Cleveland Guardians coaching staff.