Ouch! Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a 'testicular contusion'

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Jake Arrieta threw over to first base as Carl Crawford took his usual lead in the first inning last night, but as the Rays left fielder stretched to get his foot back to the base the ball hit him right in the … well, let’s call it “groin.”
MLB.com has video of the play, although your day will probably go better if you skip it.
Crawford essentially reacted as if he’d been shot, going down in a heap as Ty Wigginton tagged him for the out. He then left the game and traveled via ambulance to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a “testicular contusion.”
And believe it or not, that actually qualifies as good news.
He’s officially considered day-to-day and even felt good enough to return to the ballpark for postgame interviews, telling reporters: “It caught me square, it couldn’t have hit in a better spot.” And like Adrian Beltre last season, Crawford also admitted that he doesn’t wear a protective cup because “I do too many moves to wear a cup. I’m still not going to wear a cup. It won’t happen again.”
Crawford said it was the most pain he’s ever been in. Wigginton said he “had a pretty good idea” where the throw hit “when he didn’t move because I know one thing, Carl Crawford is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever played with.” And manager Joe Maddon said: “He’s as good as can be expected. For all us males, we understand how difficult that can be.”

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres

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Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.

Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.

Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.

Matt Boyd earns No. 5 spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

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Matt Boyd has earned the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, which means veteran Anibal Sanchez will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reported on Wednesday.

Boyd, 26, pitched well this spring, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a 21/0 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty’s numbers in the majors last year weren’t nearly as good.

Sanchez, 33, is coming off of the worst season of his career and overall didn’t have a great spring, putting up a 5.03 ERA with a 20/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He came on strong at the end, however, tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Manager Brad Ausmus didn’t rule out the possibility of Sanchez returning to the rotation at some point.