Matt Holliday has a mystery ailment


Matt Holliday’s exit from Sunday’s game against the Royals was curious, given that it was hard to tell when he might have been hurt. But whatever it was that took him out, it’s not a new ailment, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Holliday was 2-for-3 with a homer when he was removed from today’s game for a pinch-runner. If the Cardinals have to do without him for a bit, they’ll probably go to Allen Craig in left field, opening up more time at first base for Matt Adams. They’re also expected to get Skip Schumaker back from the DL this week to help out.


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.