Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left last night’s game in the fourth inning after appearing to tweak his knee while batting. He stayed in the game after reaching base and eventually scoring, but he was obviously not right. Now he’s out for a bit: the Yankees placed him on the 15-day disabled list following the game.
Ellsbury, despite dealing with various aches and pains since spring training, has been great for the Yankees this year, hitting .324/.412/.372 and leading the American League in stolen bass with 14. Figure Chris Young or Slade Heathcott, who was called up after last night’s game, to get the bulk of the playing time in Ellsbury’s absence.
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.