Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has been transferred to short-season Single-A Auburn after reaching a club-mandated innings limit, according to a team source.
The right-handed Giolito exceeded expectations this season at Single-A Hagerstown and is not injured, according to source. Giolito will continue strength and conditioning plus baseball related activities as he prepares for instructional league in September and October in Viera, Fla.
Giolito is only a year removed from Tommy John surgery and is just 20-years-old, so the club is being particularly careful with one of their top prospects. In 20 starts for the Suns, Giolito went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 98 innings pitched. He struck out 110 strikeouts and only walked 28.
Update: The start of today's game is being delayed because of rain. Public relations official gave no definitive start time. Please check back for updates.
Update II: The Nationals just announced via Twitter that today's game is expected to start at 5:15 p.m.
Update III: After a rain delay of one hour and 12 minutes, the Giants and Nationals game is under way.