Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is set to begin a rehab assignment next week, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. The right-hander has been out since his July 4 start against the Giants due to an oblique injury. It’s not yet known how many appearances Strasburg will need to make before returning to the rotation.
Strasburg hasn’t had a good 2015 season. He was on the disabled list earlier this season as well due to a trapezius injury, and has made only 13 starts this season as a result. In 61 innings, he has a disappointing 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio. Strasburg has been able to complete six-plus innings only three times.
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.