Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t appeared in a game since making an early exit last Wednesday in Colorado with discomfort in his right hamstring. And he is not starting Sunday …
Altuve ran sprints forward and backward Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field and told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that he felt “great” during and after the workout, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch has understandably decided to play it safe with his star second baseman. “Very happy with where he’s at,” Hinch said Saturday. “I’m going to go one day too long rather than one day too short, I can tell you that.”
Atluve should be ready to go for Monday night’s series opener against the Angels.
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.