Padres pick Jon Garland as Opening Day starter

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Bud Black announced that Jon Garland will the Padres’ Opening Day starter, with Chris Young and Kevin Correia following him in the rotation.
“We just feel pretty good about these three guys,” Black told Corey Brock of while refusing to name the Padres’ fourth and fifth starters. Clayton Richard and Matt Latos are expected to claim the final two spots in the rotation.
Garland getting the Opening Day nod is surprising because he’s never started Game 1 before in nine previous seasons and just signed with the Padres as a free agent in January, whereas Young has been the team’s best non-Jake Peavy starter for most of the past four seasons and Correia had twice as many wins as anyone else on the pitching staff last year.
Garland has a 6.37 ERA in four starts this spring after going 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA and 109/61 K/BB ratio in 33 starts split between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers last season.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.