It’s been a year of highlight reel plays for Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. He added to his resume tonight with this diving catch to rob Twins rookie Miguel Sano of extra bases:
The Blue Jays finished off four-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-3 victory tonight. Winners of five straight and eight out of their last nine, they are now in the driver’s seat for the Wild Card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays sit 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East and will attempt to make up some ground with a three-game series in the Bronx this weekend.
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.