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Athletics designate Jharel Cotton for assignment

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Teams have until 8 PM tonight to set their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft. In that effort, the Athletics designated pitcher Jharel Cotton for assignment to open up a spot on their 40-man roster, which went to pitcher Daulton Jefferies, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports.

It’s a sad end to Cotton’s tenure with the A’s. Acquired from the Dodgers in August 2016 in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick deal, Cotton was one of the organization’s more interesting pitching prospects. After impressing in five starts at the end of the 2016 season — he allowed just seven earned runs with 23 strikeouts and four walks over 29 1/3 innings — he struggled in 2017 before having to undergo Tommy John surgery. During his rehab assignment this year, Cotton suffered a hamstring injury which required a debridement procedure. He returned in mid-July, pitching out of the bullpen, but continued to struggle, posting a 7.71 ERA over 18 2/3 innings of work through the end of the season.

Cotton should find another opportunity elsewhere, but he will have to prove himself at Triple-A first before making his first major league appearance since September 24, 2017.

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.