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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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Jeff Samardzija yielded four hits and four runs (three earned) over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Giants’ loss to the Astros.
He handed out five free passes in addition to his three strikeouts. Samardzija didn’t allow a hit until the third inning when he gave up an infield single to George Springer. Springer got to him again in the fifth, this time taking Samardzija deep for a two-run homer. Samardzija’s command was an issue all day as the right-hander threw just 51 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Wednesday extended Samardzija’s winless streak to six starts. He’ll take an ugly 6.23 ERA into his next outing Tuesday at hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado. May 23 - 6:27 PM

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Jeff Samardzija surrendered three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's 12-inning loss to the Rockies.

Samardzija struck out three and walked three in what was a forgettable -- but not wholly disastrous -- outing. All three runs on his line scored in the second inning, with Daniel Castro burning him for a two-run single and opposing starter Chad Bettis adding to the pain with an RBI single. Outside of that frame, though, the veteran right-hander proved serviceable enough. After getting a late start to the season due to a pectoral strain, Samardzija has mostly struggled, posting a 6.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through his first six starts. He'll try to make further headway against those distressing statistics when he takes the ball against the Astros in a road date next time out. That figures to be a challenging affair.
May 18 - 2:17 AM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.

Three of the five runs on Samardzija's line touched home courtesy of the home run, with Gregory Polanco knocking him for a solo home run in the fifth inning and Francisco Cervelli joining in on the fun with a two-run shot in the sixth. Samardzija finished his evening's work having struck out five and walked two. It's been a troublesome year for the veteran right-hander, who will carry an unsightly 6.94 ERA and 1.71 WHIP into a home showdown with the Rockies when he next toes the rubber. Samardzija has surrendered at least five runs in three of five outings this season. To be at least somewhat fair, he did get a late start to the campaign due to a pectoral strain, so it's possible there is still some rust being knocked off, here. Still, he's going to need to get it together in relatively short order given the injury attrition the Giants are currently facing in their starting rotation.
May 12 - 11:53 PM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered five runs in four innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

Samardzija pitched five scoreless innings in his return from a pectoral strain, but he's given up 13 runs in 12 2/3 innings over three starts since. Overall, he has an ugly 15/13 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. The Giants need far better from him with Johnny Cueto joining Madison Bumgarner on the DL. He'll get the Pirates next.
May 7 - 11:05 PM

Jeff Samardzija earned a no decision against the Padres on Monday while allowing two runs over five innings.

Samardzija did allow eight base runners -- five hits, three walks -- but it's a nice bounce back after allowing six runs in less than four innings against the Nationals in his last start. Samardzija now owns a 5.27 ERA over his first three appearances, and he'll get a chance to lower that next Monday when he faces the Phillies.
May 1 - 1:43 AM

Jeff Samardzija was roughed up for eight hits and six runs in only 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Giants’ loss to the Nationals.

He fanned three and also issued three free passes over his 86 pitches. Samardzija got off to a disastrous start, yielding three first-inning runs on three hits with two coming on a two-out double by Andrew Stevenson. He put up blank slates in the second and third innings but unraveled in the fourth, serving up a three-run homer to Matt Adams that would ultimately end his outing. The former Notre Dame football star will try to get back on track in his next start Monday against the Padres.
Apr 25 - 7:43 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) allowed just two hits and four walks over five scoreless innings in his season debut Friday in a road victory against the Angels.

Samardzija rejoined the rotation after recovering from a pectoral injury. He threw 47 of his 80 pitches for strikes. He needs to build up his stamina a bit, but he looked pretty sharp given his layoff and the fact he was facing a high-octane offense. His next scheduled start is set for Monday against the Padres to kick off a two-start week.
Apr 21 - 1:31 AM

Henry Shulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) could rejoin the Giants rotation on Friday.

Samardzija was originally reported as potentially pitching on Saturday, but Shulman hears that he could be bumped up one day with Derek Holland pitching on Saturday to slide between him and Johnny Cueto. Samardzija has yet to make his 2018 season debut because of the pectoral injury, and his return to the rotation would be most welcome considering how many other injuries San Francisco pitchers have suffered.
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) could join the Giants' rotation on Saturday against the Angels.

There had been talk of Samardzija making another minor league rehab start after he got pounded for six runs in 2 2/3 innings over the weekend at High-A San Jose, but Tyler Beede's rough outing Sunday against the Padres has apparently caused the Giants to consider switching gears. Beede has already been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, clearing a spot for Samardzija's potential return. The 33-year-old right-hander has missed the first three weeks of the regular season because of a pectoral strain. He threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 1:20 AM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) is likely to make one more rehab start.

The Giants had been pegging an April 19 return for the veteran right-hander, but they've decided to give him one more tune-up start after he was roughed up for six runs over 2 2/3 innings in a start with High-A San Jose on Saturday. Samardzija has been out all season with a right pectoral strain.
Apr 15 - 2:51 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) is scheduled to make a rehab start with High-A San Jose on Saturday.

Samardzija worked an extended spring training game on Monday and apparently came out of it feeling strong. The 33-year-old right-hander, who landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a pectoral strain, is lined up to make his regular-season debut April 19 at Arizona. He posted an impressive 205/32 K/BB ratio in 207 2/3 innings last season for the Giants, but that came alongside a 4.42 ERA.
Apr 11 - 12:31 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) hopes to rejoin the Giants' rotation around April 19.

Samardzija will pitch in an extended spring training game Monday before making a rehab start Saturday. Assuming everything goes well, it sounds like he'll make his season debut on April 19 in Arizona. Samardzija has been on the shelf with a right pectoral strain.
Apr 8 - 11:36 AM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) threw 30 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Samardzija had a "different look," which we assume means something good in regard to his recent pectoral injury as opposed to a makeover. There's no clear timetable for a rehab assignment, but he could rejoin the Giants' rotation later this month. It will be a welcome return.
Apr 3 - 2:01 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) was able to throw a 20-pitch bullpen on Saturday.

This comes after Samardzija was throwing from 90 feet on Friday without any pain. He'll reportedly throw another bullpen on Tuesday. It's excellent news for the 33-year-old right-hander, as the Giants need his him back in the rotation. There's a real chance he'll be back with San Francisco in the middle of April, with late April seeming to be the "safe" guess.
Mar 31 - 7:51 PM

Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) was able to throw from a distance of 90 feet on Friday without any pain.

By all accounts, he's making steady progress in his recovery from a right pectoral strain. It's still unclear when he'll take the mound again, but he looks to be on track for a return to the Giants in late April.
Mar 30 - 8:31 PM

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