After acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday night, the Mets have designated John Mayberry, Jr. for assignment in order to clear room on their 40-man roster.
The Mets gave Mayberry a one-year, $1.45 million contract over the winter in hopes that he would provide some thump off the bench against left-handed pitching, but it just didn’t work out. The 31-year-old batted just .164/.227/.318 over 119 plate appearances, including a .628 OPS against southpaws.
As you might recall, Mayberry batted cleanup against for the Mets against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday night. A little over 24 hours later, he’s a goner.
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.