Derek Lowe stays quiet about pitching through possible injury

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After lasting just three innings Sunday in his shortest start of the season Derek Lowe told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was having trouble gripping the ball, but declined to elaborate when asked if he’s pitching through an injury.
O’Brien notes that Lowe “shook his hand to his side at least twice between pitches, as if trying to loosen it” and “seemed uncomfortable” when questioned about it afterward.
Lowe said merely “I don’t know what to say” and “I’m not good at this [discussing his health status]” while manager Bobby Cox offered only “I don’t know, he shakes his hand a lot.”
While his win-loss record isn’t very good, Lowe had actually pitched pretty well recently before struggling yesterday. Prior to the loss against the Marlins he posted a 3.26 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio in five starts this month, so any injury is seemingly a new development.

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.