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Brewers trade catcher Andrew Susac to the Orioles


Y’all wonder why all the posts around here lately are about labor unrest and pace of play. Well, it’s because this is the sort of thing that passes for baseball news these days: the Orioles just announced that they have acquired C Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Don’t burn yourself on that hot stove.

Susac was a top-100 prospect in the Giants system a long, long time ago and got traded to the Brewers in 2016. He never really found a home there despite the idea that he could, quite possibly, be the long-term solution for the Brewers behind the plate in the post-Jonathan Lucroy world. He was called up briefly in late 2016 and then hit spring training last year fighting for the starting gig. He didn’t win, then he got injured, then he spent most of the year, when healthy, at Triple-A, where he didn’t hit even in high-altitude Colorado Springs. He was designated for assignment the other day to make room for Matt Albers on the 4o-man roster.

Maybe a change of scenery will do him good.


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.