The Reds open up the 2016 season shortly against the Phillies, pitting starter Raisel Iglesias against Jeremy Hellickson. Iglesias getting the start is notable not just because he is Cuban-born, but because he will be only the fifth starter since 2000 to make an Opening Day start within his first 20 games, per MLB’s Stat of the Day account on Twitter. The others: Sonny Gray (2014), Stephen Strasburg (2012), Runelvys Hernandez (2003), and John Lackey (2003).
It’s also notable because Iglesias wasn’t the Reds’ first pick to start on Opening Day. It was supposed to be Anthony DeSclafani, but he suffered a strained oblique and had to be put on the disabled list. DeSclafani is not alone. Fellow starters Homer Bailey (Tommy John surgery), John Lamb (back surgery), Michael Lorenzen (elbow), and John Lamb (back surgery) will also start the season on the DL.
This is not to discredit Iglesias. He is arguably the most talented pitcher the Reds could’ve sent out on Opening Day. The right-hander, in 16 starts and two relief appearances last year, put up a 4.15 ERA with a 104/28 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. Iglesias particularly began to catch fire in the final two months, compiling a 3.13 ERA in nine starts between the beginning of August and his final start on September 13.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.