From Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are finally set to make their Grapefruit League debuts in Sunday afternoon’s split-squad slate.
Cabrera will be the designated hitter in the Tigers’ home game against the Nationals and Martinez will DH on the road against the Braves. They’re both expected to get around three at-bats.
Cabrera has been brought along slowly this spring following offseason surgery on his right foot and ankle. He registered three singles and a walk in five plate appearances Saturday in a minor league game.
Martinez homered in that same minor league game, though it was his only hit in six trips to the plate. He underwent surgery in early February after tearing his left meniscus in an offseason workout.
The two sluggers can now be penciled into Detroit’s Opening Day lineup.
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.