Carlos Gomez injured his wrist Sunday and the Brewers center fielder has been diagnosed with a sprain, which mean he’ll sit out at least another week.
It’s particularly rough timing, as Milwaukee hosts a four-game series with St. Louis beginning Thursday.
Gomez has followed up a breakout 2013 season with nearly identical numbers, hitting .282 with 21 homers, 29 steals, and an .827 OPS compared to .284 with 24 homers, 40 steals, and an .843 OPS last year. In his absence the Brewers figure to use Gerardo Parra in center field after acquiring him from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.