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Phillies place Jerad Eickhoff on DL with upper back strain


CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have placed starter Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day disabled list with an upper back strain. First baseman Brock Stassi was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Eickhoff, 26, pitched well in his most recent start against the Diamondbacks, tossing six innings of one-run ball. Overall, he’s carrying a disappointing 4.81 ERA with a 65/30 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.

It is not yet clear how the Phillies plan to fill Eickhoff’s spot in the rotation. Mark Appel, Jake Thompson, and Thomas Eshelman are potential options for promotions to the majors.

Stassi, 27, made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, but struggled through the first two months, batting .197/.290/.361 in 69 plate appearances. The Phillies optioned him to Double-A Reading earlier this month for a couple games, then moved him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That seemed to do the trick, as Stassi hit .325 in 40 combined at-bats.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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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.