Lucas Giolito Looks Forward To Better Times

"It almost feels like some weird purgatory," Giolito says.

Bruce Levine
March 31, 2020 - 6:36 pm

(670 The Score) In an ideal scenario, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito and his teammates would've been facing the Indians in their first road series of the season Tuesday evening.

Instead, he was in Los Angeles, hanging out with his wife and working out as best he could at home and in a park a few blocks away as the MLB season has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We were in Arizona until last weekend," Giolito said on a conference call Tuesday. "We are in self-quarantine at this point, because we came across state lines. We are just being cautious, so I don't want to be responsible for infecting anyone else. I set up some throwing with a buddy of mine. Just try maintaining and stay on a good path as we wait this out.

"I basically have a gym set up in my garage. I have a net in my backyard, and I am monitoring my throwing. Just trying to maintain where I need to be."

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From a baseball perspective, Giolito acknowledged how odd of a situation he and the other MLB players have found themselves in.

"It almost feels like some weird purgatory," he said. "We had been in spring training mode with everybody on the same page. We were having a great camp. Guys were coming together. We were making great progress as a club and getting prepared for the season. Without much warning, it was like we must shut it down. It's a weird vibe for me, and I assume every player around the league would tell you the same thing. It sucks, but at the same time, we are in the middle of a crisis. We must let everything run its course."

Giolito wants to play as soon as possible while also understanding that the public health crisis must be resolved first.

"Baseball in general, being America's pastime, brings people together," Giolito said. "It's a big form of entertainment with live action and radio plus TV. We are missing that now (in all the sports).  Missing sports, in general, is definitely weird. I know a ton of sports fans around the country are not very happy. At the same time, we all realize there are more important things going on. People are dying, and it appears to be spreading more and more. So, the whole baseball thing does have to take a back seat. The most important thing is to stay together (in) what we are doing as a country and uniting people to try and stop the spread of this."

Giolito could only guess when -- or if -- the MLB season might start. He just knows it will be every player's job to be as ready as they can be.

"I don't have the answer for you," he said. "I don't know when we will be playing. I don't think anybody does. As a starting pitcher, our group is doing everything we can to maintain where we were."

Giolito, 25, had a breakout 2019 season, earning All-Star honors and posting a 3.41 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 29 starts. While isolated from the White Sox, he has been in contact with pitching coach Don Cooper about how to maintain his form and arm strength so he can pick back up where he left off last season.

When Giolito isn't working on his craft, he's doing what many Americans are -- watching television and binge-watching shows. Recently, Giolito and his wife have been watching "Love is Blind" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." 

"We have been crushing a lot of shows," he said. "Last night, we watched five straight hours of that reality show. That is what we have been doing on a nightly basis."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.