Giants rookie outfielder Steven Duggar hurt himself on a dive into second base Tuesday night. Last night the Giants announced that what they feared the worst had come to pass: he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his labrum. He will have season-ending surgery.
Duggar, who was hitting .255/.303/.390 and was establishing himself as the Giants center fielder of the future, is expected to be ready for spring training. In the meantime Gorkys Hernandez will serve as San Francisco’s primary center fielder.
The Giants, tied with the Tigers as baseball’s worst team a year ago, were in moderate contention for much of the year but injuries helped derail any playoff hopes they had going in the middle of the season. Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Madison Bumgarner have all missed time with significant injuries.
The spring training schedule came out yesterday. See ya in Scottsdale next February, folks.
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.