From Mark Bowman of MLB.com comes word that the Braves have scratched right-hander Tommy Hanson from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis.
Hanson, 24, has enjoyed a dominant start to the 2011 season, sporting a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 innings. The Braves are going to evaluate him over the next two days before deciding if he’s better off heading to the disabled list. For now, everything sounds minor and precautionary.
The Braves will promote pitching prospect Randall Delgado from Double-A Mississippi to start Friday in Hanson’s place. A 21-year-old righty from Panama, Delgado has registered a 3.54 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings of work at the Double-A level this season. Baseball America ranked him as the game’s 35th-best prospect earlier this year.
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.