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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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An MRI taken Thursday on Jeff Samardzija's right shoulder showed a strained pectoral muscle.
That's a better diagnosis than what some were fearing, but Samardzija will open the season on the disabled list and could miss a good chunk of April. "He’ll go a week without throwing the ball and then crank it up," manager Bruce Bochy said late Thursday night. This will be the first career DL stint for the 33-year-old right-hander. Derek Holland appears to be the likely fill-in. Mar 23 - 2:06 AM

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Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his shoulder.

Samardzija suffered the injury during a minor league game on Wednesday. With Opening Day just a week away, the right-hander is sure to begin the year on the disabled list. Derek Holland is the leading candidate to replace Samardzija in the Giants' starting rotation.
Mar 22 - 7:59 PM

Jeff Samardzija took it on the chin Thursday, surrendering five hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in the Giants’ Cactus League loss to the Padres.

He issued three free passes while adding a pair of strikeouts. Samardzija was humming right along until the third inning when he gave up three homers in a span of six batters. It’s been a disastrous spring for the right-hander, who sports a miserable 10.64 ERA over four Cactus League appearances. Samardzija has now let up six long balls over his last two outings.
Mar 16 - 1:04 AM

Jeff Samardzija was hurt by the home run ball on Friday, allowing five runs in four innings of work against the Mariners.

Dee Gordon, Nelson Cruz, and Dan Vogelbach all took him deep in the span of five batters in the third inning. Home runs were the thing that did him in last year, as he allowed 32 in 207 2/3 innings while posting a 4.42 ERA. That’s despite a career-low walk rate and his best strikeout percentage since 2012. He’s in a nice environment for a rebound on the ERA front.
Mar 9 - 9:48 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up a run and walked three in his two innings of work against the Dodgers on Sunday in the Cactus League.

Samardzija also gave up three hits, but was able to strike out two and limited the damage to just the one run. It's the second straight start that the right-hander has struggled with his command, which isn't uncommon for hurlers as they begin their season. Samardzija is still a potential "buy low" pitcher that could help in 2018.
Mar 4 - 3:57 PM

Jeff Samardzija struggled in his first start of the spring on Tuesday, giving up four runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.

Only two of the runs against Samardzija were earned, as the other two scored on an error by Pablo Sandoval. The 33-year-old is trying to bounce back from a disappointing season in which he posted a 9-15 record and a 4.42 ERA in his first year with the Giants. He did strike out 205 while walking just 32, so it's reasonable to say that at least some of his struggles were due to bad luck. He could be a quality "buy-low" candidate for the 2018 season.
Feb 27 - 4:55 PM

Jeff Samardzija worked six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

Samardzija was terrific, yielding just three hits and one walk over six solid frames, but Giants closer Sam Dyson gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to give the game away. Samardzija concludes the 2017 season with a 9-15 record, 4.42 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 205/32 K/BB ratio in 207 2/3 innings. He is under contract with San Francisco through 2020.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija took a loss after throwing eight innings of three-run ball Friday against the Diamondbacks.

That makes five times this season that Samardzija has pitched eight innings, yet he's won just two of those games. He struck out seven and walked none tonight. The loss was his 14th, which is a new career high for him. He previously lost 13 games in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 12:53:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija was slammed for six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the White Sox.

Samardzija gave up eight hits, including a whopping four home runs, as he fell to 9-13 on the season with a 4.47 ERA. He boasts an impressive 190/29 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings this year after striking out six batters Saturday while issuing just one walk, but the overall fantasy production has been mostly underwhelming. Up next is a tough matchup against the soaring Diamondbacks.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:17:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up just one run on two hits while punching out nine in seven innings but left without a decision as his club came back late to win against the Cardinals on Saturday.

The only damage came on a Dexter Fowler single in the fourth inning. Samardzija was locked in a tight pitchers' duel with Lance Lynn for most of the evening before the game was settled by the bullpens. Samardzija has a fantastic 184:28 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 183 2/3 innings this year, although that success hasn't translated into good overall fantasy stats. He has a 9-12 record with a 4.31 ERA in 28 starts.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 08:40:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija will start for the Giants on Saturday against the Cardinals.

He's taking the place of Chris Stratton who was scratched. Samardzija is coming off of his finest outing of the season, a three-hit shutout against the Padres on Monday. Go ahead and fire him up where available.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 01:21:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija tossed a three-hit shutout Monday against the Padres.

Samardzija threw 102 pitches in his first complete game of the year and fourth career shutout. It was a little revenge for Samardzija, whose two worst starts of the second half had come against San Diego. He has turned in quality starts in six of his last seven outings, lowering his ERA to 4.43.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 01:02:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Jeff Samardzija has cleared revocable waivers, but the chances for a trade "are unclear, at best."

There are numerous obstacles to a trade of Samardzija, with his no-trade clause that allows him to be dealt only to eight teams -- the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Nats, A’s, Cubs and Red Sox -- chief among them. The pitcher has said that it's unlikely he'd waive the no-trade clause to go to any other club. There's also the fact that the Giants "aren’t seen as likely to do a complete rebuild," according to Heyman, and Samardzija would figure to be a key part of them trying to compete in 2018. He's owed about $58 million through 2020.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 08:59:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija pitched well in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in six frames.

He fanned four on the night while walking two. Samardzija allowed an RBI single to Keon Broxton in the second inning then the Brewers pushed across an unearned run in the fourth, but that was the extent of their damage against him. The inconsistent right-hander will look to further improve upon his 4.67 ERA and 1.21 WHIP when he does battle against the Padres in San Diego on Monday.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:36:00 AM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered four runs on eight hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Samardzija struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up a pair of solo home runs, too, with Cameron Rupp and Nick Williams taking him deep in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Up next on the docket for the veteran right-hander, a home start against the Brewers. Samardzija will carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into that one.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 01:05:00 AM

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