Padres outfielder Jon Jay has a broken forearm, Darren Smith of San Diego’s Mighty 1090 AM reports. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune confirms the report. The club has recalled outfielder Alex Dickerson from Triple-A El Paso.
Jay suffered the injury on June 19, when he was hit by a pitch from Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez in the fourth inning. He initially stayed in the game to run the bases, then played the outfield in the ensuing inning. However, Travis Jankowski replaced him in the fifth.
It’s a tough blow for the Padres, as Jay has been productive, batting .296/.345/.407 with a league leading total of 24 doubles along with a pair of homers and 23 RBI in 291 plate appearances. There isn’t a known timetable yet, but Jay is likely going to miss a significant amount of time.
Dickerson has 10 plate appearances in the big leagues this year, earning two singles and a homer. With El Paso, he’s hitting .382/.425/.622 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in 241 plate appearances.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.