White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been dealing with soreness in his right knee for close to a week and was plunked in the left forearm by A’s reliever Grant Balfour on Saturday night.
So, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, the veteran Youkilis is getting the day off Sunday. Ray Olmedo will start at the hot corner instead as the Pale Hose wrap up a weekend series with the A’s.
Youkilis should be back in action in Monday night’s series-opener against the Blue Jays. He is officially listed as “day-to-day.”
The 33-year-old is batting .252/.371/.504 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 38 games since being traded to Chicago. He hit .233/.315/.377 with four homers and 14 RBI in 42 games earlier this season for Boston.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.