Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper gave us one of our more memorable brawls in recent memory, but there was one that was even more messed up down in the minor leagues over the weekend.
The brawl took place between the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League. It got started when Whitecaps shortstop Danny Pereria appeared to step on the foot of the Dragons’ Jose Siri, who had just stolen second base. Siri got up and shoved Pereria and the benches cleared.
Where it got messed up was when Whitecaps reliever Eduardo Jimenez came onto the field with a baseball in his hand and threw it into the scrum. Watch for the guy in the dark sweatshirt who comes in from the left and unloads near the middle of the frame, with the throw coming at around the 25 second mark:
Pereria and Siri were ejected, but Jimenez was not. He’ll likely be facing a suspension and/or a fine, however, as you . . . just can’t do that.
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.