When it rains it pours, and it’s raining cats and dogs in Queens. The Mets just released injury updates for second baseman Neil Walker and starter Matt Harvey: they’ve both been placed on the 10-day disabled list and they’re both expected to miss several weeks, according to the team.
Walker has a partially torn hamstring, which he injured while trying to beat out a bunt in last night’s victory over the Cubs. Harvey has a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder, which explains his drastically diminished velocity and ineffectiveness in four innings of work last night. He received an injection in the shoulder and will rehab it until he is pain free.
The Mets have a seeming army of players on the DL right now, including starter Noah Syndergaard who is still weeks away from throwing and closer Jeurys Familia, out until at least September and, most likely, the entire season, following surgery to repair a blood clot in his pitching arm.
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.