The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Pavlovic noted earlier on Friday that the Giants are preparing Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento last Friday as a means to limit his workload.
Cain, 30, made his season debut on July 2 after missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain his right arm. In 10 starts spanning 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander compiled a 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio.
Heston, 27, went to the minors after posting a 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings spanning 24 starts.
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.