Jeff Samardzija close to locking down spot in rotation

Dale Sveum says Jeff Samardzija is close to locking down a spot in the rotation.

“Obviously, that lock’s getting a little closer and closer to being finalized,” Dale Sveum said Sunday, one day after Samardzija’s four innings against the Rangers. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits. He has not walked a batter over six innings this spring.

“It’s impressive and it’s what organization’s dream of — a 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete on the mound who has four pitches with velocity,” Sveum said of Samardzija’s spring outings. “It’s impressive, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t think he’s doing anything we didn’t expect. The way he finished throwing the ball the last season, the mechanical changes he made, the confidence he gained. Now it’s just full force right now.”

It's like ACT said in the last thread: