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Jacob deGrom to undergo MRI on sore elbow

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Jacob deGrom ran into a bout of bad luck last week, snapping his record-tying streak of 26 quality starts after he was lit up by the Twins in a six-run, four-inning affair. On Friday, the Mets got more bad news about their ace: per Newsday’s Tim Healey, the right-hander is headed to New York to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or the extent to which it might affect deGrom’s 2019 campaign, though GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced that he’ll be placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 16) with an expected return date of April 26.

Prior to the announcement, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that deGrom first experienced some pain in his right elbow while playing catch on Thursday. This is far from the first time the 30-year-old has sustained elbow issues: he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, underwent a second procedure to repair nerve damage in 2016, and was sidelined on the 10-day injured list after hyperextending his right elbow last May. Even if his most recent injury doesn’t require invasive surgery or a long stint on the injured list, however, it stands to reason that the Mets would want to play it extra-safe with their no. 1 starter.

So far in 2019, deGrom has pitched to mixed results. He looked every bit the defending Cy Young winner after shutting out the Nationals and Marlins in back-to-back outings at the start of the season, but faltered a little after giving up a combined nine runs and five homers to the Twins and Braves in his next two starts. He currently holds a 3.68 ERA, 2.9 BB/9, and 14.7 SO/9 through 22 innings, and entering Friday, is tied with Blake Snell, Matthew Boyd, and Gerrit Cole for a league-leading 36 strikeouts.

Update, 4/20/19: It appears deGrom’s injury is not nearly as bad as the Mets initially believed. He was throwing again on Saturday and feels so improved, per Callaway’s comments, that none of the team’s medical staff believes he needs an MRI.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

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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.