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Angels sign Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league deal

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Petit, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Nationals, pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen. He finished with a 4.50 ERA and a 49/15 K/BB ratio across 62 innings. For the few seasons prior, he was quite valuable to the Giants, pitching both in relief and in the starting rotation.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Petit will compete in spring training as a starting pitcher.

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.