Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper tore the cover off of a baseball during Thursday night’s game against the Royals. It didn’t happen like it does in the movies; Harper fouled off a 3-2 breaking ball from Alec Asher in the bottom of the second inning.
Just as impressive as tearing the cover off of a baseball was Harper’s shampoo-commercial-esque hair flip.
Harper eventually drew a walk and then executed the back end of a double-steal with Trea Turner. Turner would then score on an Adam Lind sacrifice fly while Harper was stranded. The Nationals went on to win 6-1.
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.