Yesterday we heard that Trevor Hoffman and the Brewer brass had a little meeting before the game. We now know, thanks to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel, that the result of that meeting is Hoffman getting some time off to clear his head and fix his mechanics:
Hoffman would spend a couple of days working with pitching coach Rick
Peterson on his mechanics. During that period, Macha said, Hoffman
would not pitch in games at all, much less the ninth inning.
“We’ll see how
things go,” said Macha, who met for several minutes in his office with
Peterson and Hoffman to discuss the situation. “We’ll re-evaluate on
Of course, if the Brewers keep losing it will be Willie Randolph (my personal favorite!) and not Ken Macha making those evaluations.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
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.