UPDATE: According to our own Craig Calcaterra, Cabrera has a Grade 3 calf strain and is expected to miss around six weeks. Terrible news for the Tigers.
9:42 p.m. ET: After straining his left calf in last night’s game against the Blue Jays, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list this morning for the first time in his 13-year major league career.
Cabrera suffered the injury when he broke for second base on an attempted hit-and-run. You can watch the play here. According to the Associated Press, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he was immediately concerned “because Miggy plays through everything.” No word yet on how much time he’ll need to miss, but it’s obviously a challenging blow to the Tigers’ offense. They also have no obvious alternative for first base.
Coming back from offseason foot and ankle surgery, Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.456) and OPS (1.034) while putting up 15 home runs and 54 RBI over 77 games.
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.