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Jeff Samardzija expected to make his season debut Friday

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants were dealt a bad hand when, within a week of the season opening, it was announced that Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner and Mark Melancon would start the season on the disabled list. Samardzija, specifically, was suffering from a right pectoral strain that was likely to sideline him for 3-4 weeks.

The pitching staff has done their best to tread water, with mixed results. However, it looks like we’re close to being over one of those hurdles with the return of Samardzija on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Samardzija was scheduled to make another rehab start after his first one yielded many runs. However, with Tyler Beede struggling (and ultimately getting sent back down), the Giants have decided to push up Samardzija’s return to the club after a bullpen session they were happy with.

In 2017, Samardzija pitched 207.2 innings, posting an 4.42 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP; he gave up the most home runs of his career (30) and also recorded the second highest amount of strike outs in his career (214).

Samardzija’s 2018 season debut will be against the Angels’ Andrew Heaney on Friday night in Anaheim.