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Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: JEFF SAMARDZJIA TO MISS APRIL WITH STRAINED PEC

                                                     

After getting blasted all spring training when out on the mound, San Francisco Giants veteran starter Jeff Samardzjia will now take a seat for most or all of April due to being diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle on Thursday.  Derek Holland will take Samardzjia's place in the rotation (zero fantasy baseball value) but the bigger story is the latter's absence.  When it came to Samardzjia's stock coming into spring training, count this peanut stand as a fan of his given the fact he still retains his 200-strikeout ability and also had advanced ERA's that were better than his actual 4.42 mark a year ago.  Blessed with excellent control (as shown by a terrific 1.14 WHIP), Samardzjia instead dealt with some rough luck with the batted ball last season which helped inflate his ERA into fluky territory.  The one caveat though is the home run ball and Samardzjia has struggled with that throughout his career and especially this spring.  Any one start is always at risk due to a home run or two from guys like this and so Samardzjia still carried some risk on that front.  Now that all seems moot as one month of production is headed down the drain for Samardzjia and that is the bigger story in terms of his immediate fantasy baseball outlook.



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