Chicago Cubs: Brandon Beachy

Samardzija feeling good despite uncertainty

March, 10, 2014
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija took the mound on Monday against the San Francisco Giants not long after the Atlanta Braves had a starting pitcher leave their game in Florida early for the second consecutive day. Anyone who's followed Samardzija’s contract situation knows the two events could be connected. On Monday, the Braves’ Brandon Beachy followed Kris Medlen's early exit from the day before as both pitchers left with arm troubles.

Atlanta had off-season interest in Samardzija, according to sources familiar with the situation, and likely would have inquired again before the July 31 trade deadline. Now they might need to move quicker.

“Going with the flow, man,” the laid back Samardzija said after throwing four innings against the Giants. “Sometimes the uncertainty of the situation pops in my head, for sure. Ultimately, that’s just an excuse. I want to go out there and do my job with no excuses. I’m not about to come in and say, ‘My mind is shaking,' because of this or that. That’s not going to happen.”

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