A bug is going around the Red Sox clubhouse and it’s going to cost them a couple of their best players for their game against the Tigers this afternoon.
Mookie Betts, who would’ve missed yesterday’s game against the Pirates had it not been canceled, is out of the lineup again today due to the flu. A second addition to sickbay is Hanley Ramirez, who is himself under the weather.
Betts could possibly pinch hit. Ramirez, however, is staying back at the hotel so the Sox will play a man down today. Chris Young is covering right field for Betts. Brock Holt is serving as the club’s designated hitter in Ramirez’s stead.
Everyone else on the Sox: wear a mask.
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.