Jeff Samardzija takes criticism in stride
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 20, 2012 12:18PM
Starlin Castro flips his bat after striking out in the eighth. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:42PM
To Jake Peavy, certain unnamed White Sox players or anyone else who wants to tell Jeff Samardzija how to play the game:
“It’s all good,” Samardzija said with a smile.
Samardzija, who hit Paul Konerko in the face Friday with a pitch all sides agree was unintentional, said he saw the Sun-Times column in which Peavy suggested Samardzija and a lot of other young players don’t understand baseball’s unwritten code and miss the point when making intent the issue.
The unnamed Sox player was quoted as saying, “The kid better learn how the game is played and stop chirping” — a reference to Samardzija and many other Cubs reacting to Philip Humber’s retaliation pitch behind Bryan LaHair’s back.
“It’s fine,” Samardzija said. “There’s not much to be said about it.”
Especially after Samardzija already said Saturday he braced for being the one to get thrown at after hitting Konerko.
“I was ready for it,” he said. “No worries. Sometimes you deserve it.”
Samardzija, one of the top success stories for the Cubs this season, wouldn’t address whether Peavy was off-base with his comments.
“Peavy’s fine,” he said. “He’s pitching. I’m sure he’s a little fired up.”
Reliever Blake Parker, who left Saturday because of a tight hamstring, had an MRI exam Sunday, and the team is optimistic he suffered only a cramp.
◆ Catcher Steve Clevenger (oblique) heads to Class AAA Iowa on Monday to start a rehab assignment, with limited game action starting Tuesday and building through the week to nine innings. Barring a setback, he could return by the May 28 opener of the next homestand.
◆ Reliever Carlos Marmol (hamstring) also heads to Iowa for a rehab assignment, with a bullpen session scheduled for Monday, a simulated game Wednesday and game action Friday — putting him on a similar time line as Clevenger.