Hot-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran might have pink eye


Carlos Beltran provided an update to ESPN New York Saturday on the condition of his right eye:

“They say it could be conjunctivitis,” Beltran said. “They gave me some antibiotics today. It’s better, but I still feel a little blurry. They got me some eye drops and they want me to take those tonight, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel better. … I feel better than how I came here early, but I still need to get better in order for me to play.”

Conjunctivitis is more commonly known as pink eye and can have a variety of effects. For Beltran, it’s causing blurred vision and discomfort in the form of eye socket pressure. He’s hoping to return to the Mets’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, but it’s quite possible that he simply won’t feel well enough.

Beltran is batting .324/.435/.865 so far this month. He slugged three two-run homers on Thursday night.

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.