Samardzija was designated for assignment and placed on unconditional release waivers by the Giants on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Samardzija made his final start of the regular season Friday after missing most of the year with right shoulder inflammation. He was believed to be a bullpen option for the Giants during the postseason, but he'll be let go as the team pushes for a playoff spot over the last two days of the season. The 35-year-old was in the final year of his contract with San Francisco, but he said Saturday that he's "100 percent" committed to continuing his career in 2021.
Samardzija gave up three runs on three hits while fanning one across three innings but did not factor into the decision in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Padres on Friday. Samardzija had been sidelined since early August with right shoulder inflammation and, while he didn't impress anyone with his performance, he was healthy enough to throw 46 pitches (31 strikes) Friday. That could be relevant since the veteran right-hander might be available out of the bullpen if the Giants make the playoffs.
Samardzija (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list to start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the padres, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined by early August with right shoulder inflammation, but he's set to rejoin the roster ahead of the final weekend of the regular season. Samardzija threw a five-inning simulated game last week and had a thee-inning session this week, so he appears to be fairly stretched out. He struggled with a 9.88 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over 13.1 innings before going down with the injury. The Giants don't have any openings in the rotation beyond the twin bill, so the 35-year-old seems likely to shift to the bullpen after Friday, though that will only be relevant if the Giants make the playoffs.
Samardzija (shoulder) could be activated from the 10-day injured list to start one half of Friday's doubleheader with the Padres, the Associated Press reports. Samardzija moved to the IL on Aug. 8 with right shoulder inflammation, but the 35-year-old is seemingly back to full health now. The playoff-hopeful Giants don't currently have an opening in their five-man rotation for Samardzija, though that will change due to the doubleheader, which will result in the team closing out the regular season with six games in five days. Samardzija has seemingly kept his arm conditioned for starting duty at the Giants' alternate site in Sacramento, as he followed up a five-inning simulated game last week with a three-inning throwing session Monday. If Samardzija does indeed get a starting nod in the twin bill, he would be difficult to trust from a fantasy standpoint after he posted a 9.88 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over his three outings prior to landing on the IL.
Samardzija (shoulder) will throw a five-inning simulated game at the alternate training site Thursday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The veteran right-hander completed a four-inning sim game last week with strong results, and he'll continue building up his workload Thursday. The availability of Kevin Gausman (elbow) could determine whether Samardzija works as a starter or reliever upon his return from the injured list.
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