ANAHEIM, Calif. — Robin Ventura doesn’t believe health has played a role in Jeff Samardzija’s recent struggles.
The White Sox manager said Tuesday he thinks Samardzija, who is 0-3 with a 12.91 ERA in his past three starts, is due for a turnaround. Acquired in December from Oakland for four players, Samardzija is set to pitch Wednesday’s game for the White Sox against Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels.
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“There’s bumps in the road,” Ventura said. “I have the confidence in him.
“I don’t see it as a physical thing as far as him being hurt. There’s nothing in there that you would think there’s a reason that’s holding him back. For him, the best thing is he still has confidence of going out there that he’s going to give you a good game and that’s what you’re counting on.”
Samardzija was fantastic in July, going 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five starts leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Until the White Sox made a late run, it was expected Samardzija would be traded to the highest bidder. But a seven-game winning streak wiped out that possibility and the White Sox kept Samardzija, who is headed for free agency this offseason.
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