Yankees’ outfielder Matt Holliday was invited to an exclusive seven-member club on Saturday.
In the first inning of a matinee against the Orioles, Holliday smacked a single into right field, joining Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre as the newest active major leaguer to record 2,000 career hits.
The next milestone awaiting Holliday? Home runs — 300, to be exact. The veteran outfielder/DH is currently stuck at 296 blasts, one of which he recorded during Friday’s 6-5 loss to Baltimore. Once he passes 300 home runs, he’ll be the fifth active player with at least 2,000 hits and 300 homers, joining the aforementioned Pujols (2,826 hits, 591 home runs), Cabrera (2,519 hits, 446 home runs), Beltre (2,942 hits, 445 home runs) and Beltran (2,622 hits, 421 home runs). The last Yankee to accomplish such a feat was Alex Rodriguez, who notched 3,115 career hits and 696 homers for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees from 1994 to 2016.
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.