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Junior Guerra headed to disabled list with a calf strain

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MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right calf suffered during Monday’s Opening Day start against the Rockies. Guerra laid down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning and came up limping after running down the first base line. Manager Craig Counsell said that Guerra is going to need more than the minimum 10 days to recover, McCalvy added.

On the mound, Guerra gave up a pair of runs on one hit and one hit batsman with no walks and four strikeouts across three innings. The right-hander impressed in 20 starts last season, finishing with a 9-3 record, a 2.81 ERA, and a 100/43 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

Tommy Milone, who relieved Guerra on Monday, figures to move into the Brewers’ rotation while Guerra is on the mend.

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.