No timetable yet for Jonathan Broxton’s return to Dodgers

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Yesterday the Dodgers placed closer Vicente Padilla on the disabled list, but don’t expect the man he’s filling in for in the ninth inning, Jonathan Broxton, to return any time soon.

Trainer Stan Conte told David Ely of that there’s still no timetable for Broxton’s comeback from elbow problems, but did say that the right-hander began a throwing program that allows him to throw at 60-65 miles per hour.

According to Ely that’s intended “to keep his right shoulder loose without putting pressure on the sore elbow.”

Conte indicated that Broxton is likely at least two weeks from throwing off a mound, which presumably means he’s probably close to a month from possibly resuming game action on a rehab assignment and unlikely to come off the DL before July.

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.