Josh Hamilton joined the Rangers on Monday, but tonight is his first game back in Texas since his return. Check out the rousing reception he got at Globe Life Park before hitting a double off Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez:
There was some bitterness after Hamilton left Texas for a five-year, $125 million contract with the division rival Angels in December of 2012, but seeing him back with the Rangers just feels right, doesn’t it? That was a really cool moment.
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.