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Ray Searage would like to retire as a Pirate


Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has one year remaining on his contract and both sides would like to continue their existing relationship if at all possible. Searage said, “I’d love to retire as a Pirate,” as Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. However, GM Neal Huntington understands that a lucrative offer could pry the pitching guru out of Pittsburgh. He went as far as to call Searage “special”.

Cook notes that the Pirates have used Searage’s tutelage as a sales pitch in bringing new pitchers to the club, including Jon Niese, Kyle Lobstein, Ryan Vogelsong, Neftali Feliz, and Juan Nicasio. Searage has previously been credited with turning around the careers of Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and J.A. Happ, among others. He also aided in the success of Gerrit Cole and Arquimedes Caminero.

Searage was named the interim pitching coach for the Pirates in August 2010 after the club let Joe Kerrigan go. He gained the official title of pitching coach in the following offseason. The Pirates’ staff ERA, starting with his first full season in 2011, has been: 4.04, 3.86, 3.26, 3.47, and 3.21.

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.