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Jeff Samardzija exits start with apparent shoulder injury

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was hit around in his only inning of work against the Rockies, starting Tuesday night’s game at Coors Field. The right-hander gave up a pair of runs on three hits with no walks and a strikeout on 23 pitches. He showed diminished velocity, sitting mostly in the high-80’s and low-90’s with his fastball.

Samardzija was frustrated with his situation, snapping a bat over his knee in the Giants’ dugout:

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Samardzija exited his start with a tight right shoulder.

Samardzija, 33, got a late start to the season due to a strained pectoral muscle. Entering Tuesday’s start, he carried an ugly 6.23 ERA with a 25/23 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Samardzija has been a maven of control in recent years, so it’s certianly out of character to see him with such a high walk rate along with the relatively low strikeout rate.

Samardzija will almost certainly be evaluated further and a stint on the disabled list may be in his future. Fortunately for the Giants, the club expects to get ace Madison Bumgarner back from the DL next Tuesday.

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