Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion required the assistance of two Blue Jays trainers to leave the field after knocking in a run against the Athletics in Saturday night’s game. He beat out what otherwise would have been a ground ball double play, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Adam Lind ran for him and stayed in the game at first base.
Update (10:55 PM): The Blue Jays are calling the injury right quadriceps soreness, per Davidi.
Losing Encarnacion for any amount of time is a huge blow to the Blue Jays, who entered the day a half game behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. Encarnacion is tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league lead with 70 RBI. He has hit 26 home runs and is slashing .277/.368/.591.
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.