Jeff Samardzija exits start with apparent shoulder injury


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was hit around in his only inning of work against the Rockies, starting Tuesday night’s game at Coors Field. The right-hander gave up a pair of runs on three hits with no walks and a strikeout on 23 pitches. He showed diminished velocity, sitting mostly in the high-80’s and low-90’s with his fastball.

Samardzija was frustrated with his situation, snapping a bat over his knee in the Giants’ dugout:

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Samardzija exited his start with a tight right shoulder.

Samardzija, 33, got a late start to the season due to a strained pectoral muscle. Entering Tuesday’s start, he carried an ugly 6.23 ERA with a 25/23 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Samardzija has been a maven of control in recent years, so it’s certianly out of character to see him with such a high walk rate along with the relatively low strikeout rate.

Samardzija will almost certainly be evaluated further and a stint on the disabled list may be in his future. Fortunately for the Giants, the club expects to get ace Madison Bumgarner back from the DL next Tuesday.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.