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Chris Sale’s velocity was low due to illness, Cora says

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Chris Sale‘s velocity was alarmingly low in his last outing. He was mostly reaching the high 80s and only occasionally touching 90 against the A’s last Wednesday and he had to reply on his breaking and offspeed stuff to get through his six innings of work. That came after getting shelled by the Mariners in his first outing of the year.

Today Alex Cora said that there is not a reason for alarm over Sale’s fastball. Why? Because he was sick:

Cora said that he had a normal side session over the weekend so he should be better positioned to throw gas against the Blue Jays this afternoon.

Guess we’ll see.

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.