Matt Kemp’s shoulder was worse than expected, may not be full-strength for 2013

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We noted yesterday that Matt Kemp’s shoulder surgery was a success — all surgery on athletes is a success — but the post-op news from L.A. is not all good. Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp’s shoulder was more damaged than first thought, and there is a chance that he will not be at full-strength to start the 2013 season:

He and the Dodgers were hoping the damage would be relatively minor and require nothing more than a cleanup, but Dr. Neal ElAttrache decided the labrum had to be repaired — that is, reattached to the socket.

While the team’s statement said he’d be good to go come spring, Hernandez notes that Adrian Gonzalez had that same surgery in October 2010 and that he was limited to 11 spring training games in 2011 and started off slowly, power wise, that season. The good news, of course, is that he ended up being OK as the season wore on.

No sense in worrying too much about Kemp now, but keep that all in your back pocket for when February rolls around.

Cardinals tab Miles Mikolas for Opening Day start

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The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.

The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.

Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.