Chicago Cubs Could Soon Shut Down Jeff Samardzija Due To Innings Limit

Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has put together an impressive 2012 season, but his year might be cut short by the organization in the near future. Samardzija transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation this season, so there is talk that Cubs might impose an innings limit for the year on the 27-year-old hurler. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says 175 innings may be the threshold, but Cubs' pitching coach Chris Bosio didn't commit to a number:

A hard date has not been set on when the organization will pull the plug on Samardzija. A good guess would be the middle of September, or at 175 innings.

"I think from the organization's perspective it is a case-by-case thing," Bosio said. "With a young staff we are very pitch-count cautious as well as side throwing and the times we get our relievers up. We monitor everything to ensure the health of these guys for now and the future."

Samardzija has posted a 4.03 ERA and an 8-12 record over 158.2 innings so far in 2012.

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