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Joe Biagini may get some save chances while Roberto Osuna is out


The Blue Jays placed closer Roberto Osuna on the 10-day disabled list to open the regular season, as the right-hander is dealing with a cervical spasm. Veteran closer Jason Grilli, as expected, will serve as the primary closer while Osuna is out.

Jon Morosi, however, reports that Joe Biagini may also get some save chances, along with Grilli, during Osuna’s absence. The 26-year-old impressed last season as a rookie, finishing with a 3.06 ERA and a 62/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. He’s certainly a good fallback option as Grilli is 40 years old and coming off of a comparatively mediocre season, as he put up a 4.12 ERA with the Braves and Jays.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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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.