Carlos Gonzalez still experiencing wrist pain, not cleared to swing bat

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Carlos Gonzalez has resumed most baseball activities four days after being placed on the disabled list, but his injured wrist is still too sore for the Rockies outfielder to begin swinging a bat.

Thomas Harding of reports that Gonzalez will rest his wrist for at least another 4-5 days before potentially taking some hacks, noting that he “is feeling less pain in the ligaments and tendons but still has pain in the bone” several weeks after initially injuring the wrist running into an outfield wall.

He’d played through the pain while going just 6-for-28 (.214), but Gonzalez aggravated the injury Thursday during a swing and an MRI exam showed inflamed ligaments. Prior to the injury Gonzalez had turned his season around in a big way, hitting .324 with 12 homers and a .974 OPS in 59 games dating back to May 1, but with the Rockies now 48-55 and 11.5 games out in the NL West there’s no reason to rush him back.

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.