Giants lefty Eric Surkamp undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Out since spring training with an elbow injury, Giants left-hander Eric Surkamp will now be sidelined through at least the middle of next season following Tommy John surgery.

Prior to the injury Surkamp was in the mix to potentially supplant Barry Zito as the Giants’ fifth starter, but instead he hasn’t thrown a pitch and Zito has had a solid year with a 3.75 ERA in 113 innings.

Surkamp posted excellent numbers in the minors last season, leading the Double-A Eastern League in both ERA and strikeouts, but the 2008 sixth-round pick struggled in a half-dozen starts for the Giants down the stretch.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.