New Athletics third baseman Trevor Plouffe drilled a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game against Indians reliever Andrew Miller. The blast pushed the Athletics’ lead to 4-1 at the time, but it also provided some unintentional comedy.
As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported, a fan was lying in the sun beyond the fence and was struck by Plouffe’s home run ball. There isn’t any video yet but once it becomes available, we’ll post it here.
Plouffe exited the game having hit the home run and drawn a walk in two trips to the plate. Speaking to the media during the game, Plouffe said, “A grown man should be watching the game. I wouldn’t feel bad for him.”
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.