Rays place catcher John Jaso on DL with oblique injury

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The dreaded oblique strain has claimed another victim, with the Rays placing starting catcher John Jaso on the disabled list.

Jose Lobaton has been called up to take his spot on the roster after hitting well at Triple-A, but veteran Kelly Shoppach figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate.

Jaso and Shoppach were basically splitting time, although it wasn’t quite a true platoon, with the left-handed-hitting Jaso in the lineup 50 times and the right-handed-hitting Shoppach getting the nod 40 times.

Jaso has struggled following a very strong rookie season, with his batting average dropping from .263 to .222, his on-base percentage falling from .372 to .300, and his OPS declining from .750 to .639. And he’s also thrown out just 15 percent of stolen base attempts.

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.