Dave Dombrowski says Tigers aren’t in active pursuit of free agent starters

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One week after it was reported that the Tigers “have to have” free agent right-hander Max Scherzer, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi wrote yesterday that James Shields’ agent, Page Odle, has been in “recent” contact with Detroit. It’s unclear if this was simply Odle trying to present Shields as a cheaper alternative than Scherzer or if the interest is mutual, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has since downplayed the report:

Dombrowski has done a heck of a job pretending that he’s not interested in starting pitching this winter. And after filling out his rotation with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon, he can say that without looking completely crazy. However, there’s too much chatter here to suggest that he actually believes it.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.