The last we heard of former major leaguer Johan Santana was back in April when he was attempting a mid-year comeback. That didn’t pan out, but he hasn’t given up yet. According to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, Santana will pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League in an attempt to get a contract for the 2017 season.
Santana, 37, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 when he compiled a 4.82 ERA and a 111/39 K/BB ratio in 117 innings for the Mets. That includes his 134-pitch no-hitter against the Cardinals, but he was injured and inconsistent after that start (June 1) through the end of the season.
In the event Santana does procure a contract, it will be of the minor league variety with an invitation to spring training.
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.