Making official what was expected, the Cardinals announced that Adam Wainwright will start on Opening Day.
Last season Kyle Lohse got the Opening Day assignment for St. Louis, while Wainwright started Game 3 in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Wainwright previously got the Opening Day nod for the Cardinals in 2009
Meanwhile, contract extension negotiations between Wainwright and the Cardinals seemingly haven’t progressed much recently, but general manager John Mozeliak said earlier this week that the two sides continue to talk.
The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.
Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.
Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.