The Dodgers were dealt some rotten luck tonight against the Diamondbacks, as Justin Turner and Juan Uribe suffered injuries on back-to-back plays.
Turner, who made the start at third base to give Uribe a day off, got spiked on his left hand on a hard slide from A.J. Pollock in the third inning. He was replaced by Uribe, who fielded a grounder off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt on the very next play and made a twisting throw across the diamond to get the out. However, he hurt himself while making the play and Alex Guerrero came up as a pinch-hitter in the next half-inning. Hot corner? More like hot potato corner. I’m sorry.
The good news is that both players are considered day-to-day. Turner was diagnosed with left finger stiffness and X-rays came back negative. Meanwhile, Uribe is dealing with left hamstring tightness.
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.