UPDATE: I just spoke to a Padres source who tells me that the person in the video at whom Molina was pointing is a member of the security team normally stationed out there. When he moved away it wasn’t because Molina was calling him out, but because he temporarily had to leave his post. He’s normally stationed out in the batter’s eye like that.
10:44 AM: Yesterday, during the Padres-Cardinals game, Yadier Molina pointed to the center field camera well at a guy in a Padres shirt with a pair of binoculars and a walkie-talkie. Molina talked the the umpire about it. The guy soon backed out.
Ted Berg of USA Today’s FTW speculates that Molina thought the guy was stealing signs. Or trying to. Maybe he was. Maybe he was just doing something else and Molina was just being cautious about it. Who knows? But I agree with Berg that the real story here is that Molina has to be the most observant dude in the world to have noticed that, over 400 feet away while trying to do his job.
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.