Troy Tulowitzki a DL possibility with quad strain

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Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI Monday for a strained right quad suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers.
Tulowitzki has indicated that the current injury isn’t not nearly as serious as the one that cost him two months in 2008. He was scheduled to be reexamined this afternoon before a decision was made whether to place him on the DL.
The Rockies’ current plan is to send down Eric Young Jr. to make room for Brad Hawpe, who is returning from a strained quad of his own this evening, but that would leave the Rockies dangerously short-handed in the afternoon if Tulo needs a few days off. Starting second baseman Clint Barmes is the backup at short. As is, the Rockies have two options at second base in Young and Melvin Mora. However, sending down Young would leave them without a backup infielder for the duration of Tulo’s absence.
If Tulo lands on the DL, then Young would have more time to establish himself at second base. He’s hit .276/.382/.379 with four steals in 29 at-bats since replacing Hawpe a couple of weeks ago. Barmes is the clearly superior defender at the position, but he’s hit just .222/.284/.358 this year.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.