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Mariners claim Evan Marshall off waivers from Diamondbacks

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that the club claimed pitcher Evan Marshall off waivers from the Diamondbacks. To create space on the 40-man roster, pitcher Drew Smyly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Marshall, 26, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last Tuesday when the club claimed first baseman Christian Walker off waivers from the Reds. Marshall, one might recall, suffered a horrific injury in 2015 when he was struck in the head by a line drive. Thankfully, he recovered, but he struggled in 15 1/3 innings in the big leagues last year, finishing with an 8.80 ERA and a 9/8 K/BB ratio.

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.