Chris Nelson will finally stick around somewhere for a while, although unfortunately for him it’ll be Triple-A. Nelson went from the Rockies to the Yankees to the Angels in the span of three weeks last month, first being traded and then being claimed off waivers.
Both times he was a short-term stop gap for a team in need of some infield help, but this time the Angels designated Nelson for assignment and the 27-year-old former top-10 pick cleared waivers. That means the other 29 teams passed on him and Nelson will remain in the Angels’ organization at Triple-A, which is quite a fall considering he was the Rockies’ starting third baseman for much of last season and hit .301 with an .810 OPS (thanks mostly to Coors Field, but still).
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.