This isn’t how the Cubs envisioned things going when they signed Rafael Soriano to a one-year, $4 million deal.
First he struggled, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings after sitting out most of the first half of the season waiting for free agent offers that never arrived, and now after making six appearances he’s headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has talked repeatedly about how important he feels getting Soriano on track is to the bullpen–when Chicago signed him a move into the closer role seemed very possible–but now the 35-year-old right-hander figures to be sidelined until September.
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.