Minor leaguer who threw a ball into a brawl suspended 30 games


Earlier this week we told you about West Michigan Whitecaps reliever Eduardo Jimenez, who came onto an on-field brawl with a baseball in his hand and flung it into the scrum. At the time we suspected that he’d get a hefty suspension. Yep, he did. MLive.com reports that he has received a 30-game suspension.

That’s a bit more than Hunter Strickland got for throwing at Bryce Harper. I’m guessing that Jimenez didn’t reach 98 m.p.h. with his throw, though.



Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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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.