Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012


They haven’t hired a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry yet, but the Cubs informed scouting director Tim Wilken that he’ll be retained for next season, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Wilken sat down recently with owner Tom Ricketts and told Sullivan that “he was very supportive” and “he’s a good man.”

Ricketts recently gave a four-year contract extension to player personnel director Oneri Fleita, leading many to wonder why he’d do that before consulting with the new GM, but Wilken will apparently work on a one-year deal in 2012.

He’s been the Cubs’ scouting director since December of 2005.

UPDATE: Gary Hughes, who was a special assistant to Hendry since 2002 and has a great reputation in the scouting world, has stepped down.

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.