Get excited, Rockies fans. According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, right-hander Kyle Kendrick has been tabbed as the starter for Colorado’s Opening Day game on April 6 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
Jorge De La Rosa will be saved for the Rockies’ home opener on April 10 against the visiting Cubs.
Kendrick getting this nod points to the lack of quality starters on the Colorado roster. He registered a 4.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 4.9 K/9 in eight seasons with the Phillies before signing a one-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Rockies in early February. The 30-year-old probably isn’t going to enjoy Coors Field.
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.
With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.
Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.
The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.