The Cubs wasted little time getting on the board during Saturday’s matinee against the Pirates. Kris Bryant went deep on a 2-0 pitch against Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow, sending the ball a projected 451 feet to score Kyle Schwarber for an early 2-0 lead.
The ball grazed the video scoreboard in left field before falling into the stands. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, only six home runs have managed to hit Wrigley Field’s monitor — unsurprisingly, Bryant is responsible for four of those shots.
The rest of the inning was no less impressive, as the Cubs followed Bryant’s first home run of the season by boosting the score to 4-0 and hitting for the cycle with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff double, Addison Russell triple and Jason Heyward RBI single.
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.