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Indians sign Chris Colabello to a minor league deal


The Cleveland Indians signed 1B/DH Chris Colabello to a minor league contract today. He’ll get an invitation to spring training.

Colabello hit .321 with 15 homers and an .886 OPS over 101 games with the Blue Jays in 2015, but he was popped for PEDS early in the 2016 season and served an 80-game suspension.

Still, a good bargain hunting move for the the Indians and not a bad landing spot for Colabello given that the Indians could use a corner/DH guy right now. And if he can’t hit, he costs Cleveland nothing.

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.