Josh Hamilton to get an MRI on his knee


The season started hard for Josh Hamilton with a drug relapse, a protracted fight with the Angels and then a trade back to the Rangers. Then it started late for Hamilton because, while he was fighting with the Angels, they weren’t playing him or letting him work out with them, so he needed time to ramp up to baseball speed. Then he got hurt, straining his hamstring and hurt again, with a groin problem.

Now this:

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, dealing with renewed soreness in his chronically sore left knee, will undergo an MRI exam on Friday to determine if he’s dealing with something more debilitating.

His knees are already kind of a mess, having undergone multiple surgeries. At this point you can’t really be optimistic that he’ll be healthy and/or productive this season.

On the season Hamilton has hit .252/.299/.415 with five homers in 36 games. Maybe try again in 2016, Josh.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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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.