Royals will "push" David DeJesus to play again this season

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David DeJesus is expected to miss 10 weeks following yesterday’s thumb surgery, but Royals manager Ned Yost said “we’re going to push him” to play again this season.
According to Yost it would provide “peace of mind that he’s going to be able to be full strength next year.” Not rushing him back for some meaningless September games would seemingly be an even better way to ensure he’ll be at full strength next year.
Perhaps the Royals think giving teams even a brief look at DeJesus down the stretch will make it easier to get something resembling full value for him in an offseason trade.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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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.