No, it’s not a headline from 2003.
The Rangers released the son of their former All-Star, also named Ruben Sierra, while making minor league cuts on Wednesday.
The younger Sierra was a sixth-round pick in 2009. He didn’t embarrass himself in the minors, but neither was he proving to be much of a prospect in the three years since the Rangers grabbed him. He hit .256/.301/.401 with 56 strikeouts in 172 at-bats for short-season Single-A Spokane last season.
The elder Sierra began his career with the Rangers in 1986 and went to three All-Star Games before being traded to Oakland for Jose Canseco in 1992. He later returned to the Rangers for two additional stints and had his only really good season after age 30 with the team in 2001, when he hit .291 with 23 homers in 344 at-bats.
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.