Here’s the update from the official Twitter account of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez:
Ouch. If there’s any positive to take away from the situation, at least it happened during the offseason. As we have seen numerous times before, an appendectomy could put a player on the shelf for weeks at a time. Gonzalez figures to fall behind with his workouts, but there should still be plenty of time for him to get ready for the regular season assuming no setbacks.
Gonzalez, 28, hit .302/.367/.591 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI in 110 games last season. He dealt with a nagging finger injury for most of the second half.
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.