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Cubs' Samardzija takes high road on Sox comments

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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, smiling.

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 Sox pitcher Jake 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.

And saw the an unnamed Sox player quotes 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, perhaps, after Samardzija already said Saturday he braced for being the one to get thrown out after hitting Konerko.

``I was ready for it,'' he told the Sun-Times Saturday. ``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 today. I'm sure he's a little fired up.''


--Reliever Blake Parker, who left Saturday's game because of a tight hamstring, had an MRI Sunday, and the team is optimistic he suffered only a cramp.

--Catcher Steve Clevenger (oblique) heads to Iowa Monday to start a minor-league rehab assignment, with limited game action starting Tuesday and building through the week to nine innings. Barring a setback, he could return to the Cubs by the May 28 opener of the next homestand.

--Reliever Carlos Marmol (hamstring) also heads to Iowa for a rehab assignment, with a bullpen scheduled Monday, simulated game Wednesday and game action Friday - putting him on a similar timeline as Clevenger.

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