Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton was forced out of today’s game against the Rockies after being hit in the face by an Antonio Senzatela pitch in the bottom of the second inning.
Broxton was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he had a bloody nose. It could’ve been much, much worse, but Broxton wears a face guard on the left side of his helmet and the ball appeared to be deflected by it at least somewhat. If you want to see it, there’s video of it here.
The Brewers will presumably update his status later this afternoon.
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.