Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had to leave last night’s game against the Royals due to a left biceps strain.
He hurt it during a first inning play at first base and managed to tough out four innings, but ultimately he had to sit. After the game, Brad Ausmus said it seemed minor and that he’d be shocked if Cabrera missed more than a couple of games from it. Cabrera has historically played through pain for extended periods, though that isn’t always an admirable trait. The Tigers should know more about his condition today.
Detroit is already missing Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias and Cameron Maybin, in addition to pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey. They’re five games back of the Indians and two and a half back in the wild card race. Losing their best hitter, who is currently sporting a line of .310/.384/.550 with 27 homers, wouldn’t do much to help that, obviously.
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.