Making official what was expected, the White Sox have ruled out left-hander Chris Sale for Opening Day due to the avulsion fracture in his right foot.
Executive vice president Kenny Williams told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale is still at least 10 days from resuming baseball activities and the White Sox start the season against the Royals on April 6.
Sale was the Opening Day starter in 2013 and 2014, and is coming off a dominant season in which he threw 174 innings with a 2.17 ERA and 208/39 K/BB ratio at age 25.
Jeff Samardzija seems like the leading candidate to take the Opening Day assignment in Sale’s place.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.