Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will designate third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment.
Plouffe signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the A’s in January but it’s been a bust for Oakland as he’s batted just .214/.276/.357 in 58 games. While Plouffe is not exactly a masher, that’s still a pretty steep falloff from his career line of .245/.306/.416.
Slusser says the A’s are calling up third base prospect Matt Chapman, who will get a long look at third base for the last place A’s.
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.