Carlos Gonzalez to sit out first game after All-Star break

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Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist nearly two weeks ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a highlight reel catch.

Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list and remains active here in mid-July, but the 25-year-old has already been ruled out of the Rockies’ second-half opener on Thursday night against the Brewers and might not be ready for Friday’s game either. This according to Jim Armstrong, who covers the Rockies for the Denver Post.

Gonzalez was given a cortisone injection earlier this week and was fitted with a temporary cast. An MRI has already ruled out structural damage, but the Rox are taking all the necessary precautions for fear that lingering wrist discomfort might sap CarGo’s power down the stretch. He has only 13 homers in 86 games this season.

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.