Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that scouts from 16 teams including the Cubs, Nationals and Royals attended Seth Maness‘ showcase Monday in St. Louis.
This is not exactly gigantic news in and of itself, but Maness’ progress is worth following. As Goold reported last month, Maness is the first recipient of an alternative to Tommy John surgery known as “primary repair.” Rather than reconstructing the entire ligament, as in TJ surgery, primary repair reinforces it at the bone. If the recovery goes as doctors plan, it is supposed cut at least five months off of the typical Tommy John recovery time. Maness had the surgery on August 18 and is throwing for scouts in February.
Signing him may not make a bad team good or a borderline team a contender, but it will certainly mean something for the progress of pitchers overall.
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.