Carlos Beltran could play in NLCS Game 4 on Thursday despite suffering left knee injury


Refreshing news here for anxious Cardinals fans.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the knee injury that Carlos Beltran suffered in first inning of Wednesday’s NLCS Game 3 is “not serious” and the veteran outfielder “could play tomorrow.”

Beltran was initially diagnosed with a left knee strain, but it sounds more like he’s merely dealing with a bit of general discomfort. He was replaced in the game by Matt Carpenter, who homered in the third inning.

Beltran, 35, is batting .400/.486/.867 with three home runs through nine games this postseason.

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.