|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||1/23/1985|
|Height, Weight||6'5", 240 lbs|
|Drafted||2006 - Rd 5|
Samardzija's first start of the season has "a very good chance" of being April 1, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
That would set Samardzija up to debut at Dodger Stadium in the Giants' fifth game of the season. The right-hander made his longest start of the spring Thursday, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing two eared runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four.
Samardzija tossed three scoreless innings while giving up one hit with two walks and four strikeouts in Monday's spring loss to the Dodgers.
Samardzija followed up his two-inning scoreless spring debut with another brief gem, this time facing the Dodgers' regulars sans Corey Seager. The 34-year-old is coming off of an injury-plagued 2018 campaign where he posted a 6.25 ERA in just 10 starts. While it's early in the exhibition season, it is a positive sign that the Shark is ramping his fastball up to 94 mph (career-low 92.3 mph fastball average in 2018) while displaying big cut and two-seam movement, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.