Tuesday Highlights: Maeda, Matz and Samardzija exit injured
Yesterday was not a good night for starting pitchers. Three prominent names all left their starts early due to various ailments. The severity of the injuries are not yet known, but the early indications are not positive–we break down the three injuries below…
Kenta Maeda could not get through two innings on Tuesday due to a right hip strain Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetCA reports. Twice, trainers visited Maeda in the second inning pulling him during the final trip.
Maeda, who owns a 3.61 ERA and a 68-to-18 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 frames this season, would represent another costly loss to the Dodgers rotation who is getting ace Clayton Kershaw back this week.
That still leaves Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu as other LA pitchers on the disabled list.
Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News reports Matz left his start early with discomfort in his left middle finger. His injury occurred during his previous at-bat not while pitching. A broken bone has been ruled out by x-rays.
Tough luck for the Mets who lost ace Noah Syndergaard to the DL earlier in the day.
San Francisco Giants right-hander left his start after just one inning due to what is being described as ‘shoulder tightness’ per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Samardzija did not have the typical velocity on his fastball in the outing struggling to reach 90 mph at times and hitting 91 mph once. His typical average is 92.4 mph.
In 35 2/3 innings this season, Samardzija has lumped to a 6.56 ERA with 6.6 K/9, 5.8 BB/9, 1.51 HR/9 and a 33.9 percent ground-ball rate.
The injury to Samardzija is the latest blow to a Giants rotation that has yet to receive a single inning from Madison Bumgarner this season (although his return date has finally been set) and also lost Johnny Cueto for an extended period earlier this month.