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Adam Wainwright meant to do that


Last night, in the fourth inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game, starter Adam Wainwright threw a pitch that went about 25 feet, straight into the grass on the first base side of the mound, as if he were spiking it intentionally. It caused everyone who was online during the game to make a bunch of jokes, but it turned out there was a purpose to it.

Wainwright said after the game that he was preparing to throw a fastball but that he noticed catcher Yadier Molina setting up for a curve. Wainwright didn’t want to cross his catcher up and risk an injury, so he just spiked the thing. Watch:

As Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports, the two did change up signs midstream due to runners on base. So, despite the fact that there is probably no active pitcher-catcher combo that has worked together as much as Wainwright and Molina, there was some justification for the confusion.

But it was still pretty hilarious.

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.