The Giants announced this evening that recently-acquired right-hander Mike Leake has been scratched from Friday’s start against the Cubs due to a mild left hamstring strain. Ryan Vogelsong will get the assignment in his place.
Leake came over from the Reds before the trade deadline in exchange for right-hander Keury Mella and first baseman Adam Duvall. The 27-year-old took the loss in his first start with San Francisco last Sunday after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Rangers. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Leake suffered the injury during normal conditioning drills and the hope is that he’ll only have to miss one start.
This will be Vogelsong’s first start since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old has posted a 4.16 ERA and 75/43 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings over 16 starts and eight relief appearances this season.
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.