The Blue Jays have purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Buffalo, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. The move comes only hours after third baseman Josh Donaldson was placed on the 10-day disabled list when his right calf injury was exacerbated during Thursday’s game.
Coghlan, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays earlier this month. Although the bulk of his starts for the 2016 A’s and Cubs were distributed in the outfield corners, he made 18 appearances at third base and has some experience at first and second base as well. At the plate, Coghlan slashed a cumulative .188/.290/.318 with six home runs and a .608 OPS over 300 PA with the two clubs.
Comments from club manager John Gibbons revealed that a trio of infielders will rotate at third base until Donaldson is cleared to return to the field. Coghlan is among them, as are fellow veterans Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins. The Blue Jays are scheduled to take on the Orioles at 7:07 ET, with Barney slated to start at third.
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.