D'Backs fire manager A.J. Hinch, GM Josh Byrnes


11:20 PM:  This just keeps getting better.  According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, bench coach and World Series legend Kirk Gibson will take over as skipper.

11:01 PM:  Nightengale adds that general manager Josh Byrnes has also been let go.  He was hired in 2005 and given an eight-year extension in 2008.  But, uh, so much for that.

10:47 PM: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks have fired manager A.J. Hinch.

Hinch was named Arizona’s skipper in May of 2009, at the age of 34, after Bob Melvin was fired.   At the time, many questioned whether he was the right man for the job, given his lack of experience in the coaching profession.  Those doubters can crack a small grin tonight.

Managers often have very little to do with the outcome of games, let alone seasons, but it’s most definitely worth noting that Hinch led the D’Backs to an 89-123 record during his short tenure in Arizona.

General manager Josh Byrnes is also believed to be on the hot seat, but has not yet been canned.

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.