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Stephen Piscotty passed the MLB concussion protocol


As Bill noted last night, Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a painful trip around the bases, getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch to reach base, hit on the left elbow while stealing second and then hit on the earflap of his helmet while sliding into home.

He left the game after that, and was put through MLB’s concussion protocol. Good news on that front: he passed. No concussion. Just a head contusion near his cheekbone and a super sore right elbow from that HBP.

Jenifer Langosch of reports that Piscotty was going to be held out of today’s Cubs-Cards game as a precaution, but that game has been postponed due to rain, so he may not miss any time at all, assuming he’s feeling OK in time for tomorrow’s contest.

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.