AT&T PARK — With the Bay Bridge series level after two tight games and with just one game left before the All-Star break, today’s game between the Giants and the A’s will be a good check to see where the two clubs are.
Both teams have dealt with frequent changes in their rotation as a result of injury, and the Giants will see a shakeup there once again, announcing today that they have placed Saturday night starter Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 6.25 ERA) on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said there has been no talk of surgery for Samardzija, who has previously had a cortisone shot, and will be evaluated by doctors later on Sunday and will get further treatment. Saturday night, Samardzija struggled with his command, throwing 26 balls and 29 strikes in four innings, and topping out at 90.8 mph with his fastball — nearly 5 mph below his career fastball average.
“He’s still not quite right, so maybe these next 10 days are going to help him out and get him back into the form he needs to be in,” Bochy said. “He’s such a competitor, and he wants to be out there. He willed his way through four innings yesterday, I thought.”
When the teams return from the break, Samardzija will throw a bullpen to see how his shoulder is progressing.
“I think some days are better than others,” Bochy said, adding that the team will have a further evaluation of its rotation situation after the game.
Derek Holland is an option to take Samardzija’s next start.
Kelby Tomlinson was recalled in a corresponding roster move, and will start at second base instead of Alen Hanson. The move gets another right-handed batter in against the A’s left-handed starter, Sean Manaea.
Bochy said he thinks the Bay Bridge series has been good for baseball in the Bay Area with the amount of interest the two teams have drawn recently. And it’s been particularly good baseball with how close the two games have been.
“I think we broke away in the first game, but that’s a tight ballgame. Second one, last night’s game, was a great game, so you’re seeing two good teams go at it,” Bochy said. “So it’s good baseball. I look forward to it. I think the players do. We can hear the fans, they’re into it. And there’s a lot at stake with both teams.”
In other news:
Giants third baseman Evan Longoria took batting practice on the field before today’s game, the first time he’s done so since breaking the fifth metacarpal in his left hand on an inside pitch by the Miami Marlins’ Dan Straily.
Buster Posey will catch today’s day game after doing so Saturday night as well, and Bochy said that his All-Star catcher is feeling pretty good right now. Posey won’t be playing in the All-Star game because of some hip discomfort.
Bochy joked that he’d have thrown Brandon Belt out, too, last night; the first baseman was ejected in the top of the fifth for arguing balls and strikes after striking out in the bottom of the fourth. His exit meant the Giants’ lineup had one less big left-handed bat in it as the game remained tight late. Brandon BeltBuster PoseyEvan LongoriaJeff SamardzijaKelby TomlinsonMLBOakland A'sOakland AthleticsSan Francisco Giants