UPDATE: Freeman has been diagnosed with a slight corneal abrasion, which apparently isn’t as bad as it sounds because David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that he could be available as soon as tonight.
Freddie Freeman left last night’s game in the seventh inning because of blurred vision in his right eye, with manager Fredi Gonzalez saying afterward that the Braves first baseman “went through a couple of pairs of contacts and couldn’t get it fixed.”
Gonzalez told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that Freeman had never dealt with the problem before and will be examined further by an eye doctor to determine the cause.
He went 0-for-3 before exiting and was replaced by Eric Hinske.
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.