Your Opening Day schedule

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We don’t do this every day, but today is special and I’m all excited, so why not?

Seeing whether Masahiro Tanaka looks like himself should be interesting. Cole Hamels auditioning for his presumed future employers looks like fun too. James Shields and all of his new Padres friends taking on the Dodgers this afternoon is a late-game highlight. And, late tonight, let’s see if Madison Bumgarner can start, relieve, pinch hit and generally make like it’s October 2014 all over again.

Blue Jays at Yankees 1:05 PM  (Hutchison (0-0) vs. Tanaka (0-0))
Twins at Tigers 1:08 PM  (Hughes (0-0) vs. Price (0-0))
Rockies at Brewers 2:10 PM (Kendrick (0-0) vs. Lohse (0-0))
Red Sox at Phillies 3:05 PM (Buchholz (0-0) vs. Hamels (0-0))
Orioles at Rays 3:10 PM (Tillman (0-0) vs. Archer (0-0))
Mets at Nationals 4:05 PM (Colon (0-0) vs. Scherzer (0-0))
Braves at Marlins 4:10 PM (Teheran (0-0) vs. Alvarez (0-0))
White Sox at Royals 4:10 PM (Samardzija (0-0) vs. Ventura (0-0))
Angels at Mariners 4:10 PM (Weaver (0-0) vs. Hernandez (0-0))
Pirates at Reds 4:10 PM (Liriano (0-0) vs. Cueto (0-0))
Padres at Dodgers 4:10 PM (Shields (0-0) vs. Kershaw (0-0))
Indians at Astros 7:10 PM (Kluber (0-0) vs. Keuchel (0-0))
Rangers at Athletics 10:05 PM (Gallardo (0-0) vs. Gray (0-0))
Giants at D-backs 10:10 PM (Bumgarner (0-0) vs. Collmenter (0-0))

Mike Trout to undergo foot surgery

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Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.

This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.