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Mariners sign reliever Hunter Strickland


Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed reliever Hunter Strickland to a one-year deal.

Strickland, formerly with the Giants, missed a large chunk of time with a fractured hand. A hand, by the way, that he fractured by punching a door following a poor outing last June. He ended 2018 with a 3.97 ERA in 49 games but, over the course of his career he has been more valuable than that. Indeed, in five big league seasons he has a 2.91 ERA with 211 strikeouts in 226 innings.

Figure the Mariners will try to showcase him and flip him at the deadline if he has a bounce back year.

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.