Pitchers and catchers just reported but White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal is already out with an injury: he was diagnosed with a left calf strain yesterday.
Grandal’s MRI revealed only a minor strain, thankfully, and it should only keep him out for a short time. He’s expected to miss the first week of Cactus League games. Considering that most non-pitchers say they are REALLY ready to be done with spring training by mid-March, maybe this is a blessing in disguise for Grandal, who will get less wear and tear before the games that count get underway.
Grandal just signed a four-year, $73 million deal to join the Sox after hitting .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in for Milwaukee. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. He’s also one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best.
Good to hear his injury appears to be a minor one.
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.