Diamondbacks won’t recall Trevor Bauer this season

Leave a comment

Trevor Bauer struggled to throw strikes in his four-start debut with the Diamondbacks earlier this season before heading back to Triple-A and any plans to potentially recall him from the minors have been canceled.

There was some talk last month that Bauer could rejoin the Diamondbacks for a late-season start or two once the Triple-A playoffs were over, but instead they’ll avoid adding to his current workload of 163 innings.

Bauer walked seven batters in his final Triple-A start and struggled in the Triple-A playoffs overall, but manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that wasn’t a factor.

Piecoro has a lot of interesting quotes from Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers regarding Bauer’s future in Arizona, which will almost surely involve the 21-year-old former No. 3 overall pick competing for a full-time rotation spot next spring.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

Bob Levey/Getty Images

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.