This morning I wondered whether one of the New York columnists or talk radio guys would use the phantom hit-by-pitch thing as a pretext for changing the Derek Jeter narrative from “Captain Perfect” to “Desperate, flawed tragedy” or something like that. It took most of the day for us to get there, but ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews didn’t disappoint!
Hard to say if he really goes all the way, though. I mean, he certainly starts down that road yet somehow manages to take a left turn about two-thirds through to slam A-Rod somehow. Gotta give Matthews bonus points for those kinds of acrobatics.
Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is heading back to the disabled list, per a team announcement on Sunday. Samardzija was diagnosed with another bout of inflammation in his right shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week, though surgery is not currently being considered. A concrete timetable for his return to the rotation will not be set until the club knows the extent of his injury.
At this point in the season, Samardzija has seen far more time on the DL than he has on the mound. This will be his third trip there after missing a collective nine weeks with a pectoral strain and right shoulder rightness since the start of the year. When healthy, he put up a 1-5 record in 10 starts with a 6.25 ERA, 5.2 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through just 44 2/3 innings in 2018.
In a corresponding move, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Southpaw Derek Holland will slot into Samardzija’s spot in the rotation; he currently carries a 5-8 record across 18 starts and a 4.09 ERA, 3.4 B/9 and 9.1 SO/9 over 101 1/3 innings in 2018.