Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery


Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery.
He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to be ready for spring training while adding to Saltalamacchia’s already lengthy list of health problems over the past couple years.
In between the leg infection and thumb injury Saltalamacchia impressed the Red Sox by showing that he’s conquered the throwing problems that plagued him earlier this season. “I think what we saw, we were actually kind of excited about,” manager Terry Francona told Ian Browne of MLB.com. “His running of the game and his energy behind the plate, we really liked. He came out throwing really well.”
With both Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek impending free agents the Red Sox were smart to bring in Saltalamacchia as a fallback option, particularly since he was available for pennies on the dollar from the Rangers. At the very least he figures to be in their plans next season as a backup behind the plate.

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.