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Dodgers announce Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will not start opening day
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will not start on opening day, per manager Dave Roberts.
Not at all unexpected as Kershaw continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury that plagued him at the start of spring training. He is moving in the right direction and may not miss more than one start for the Dodgers. No announcement was made on who would take the ball in the season opener.
Our models project Kershaw for a 2.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 186 strikeouts in 184 2/3 innings pitched this season.
Yankees reportedly sign Gio Gonzalez to a minor league contract
The New York Yankees are close to a minor league deal with free agent pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
The deal is worth approximately $3M if Gonzalez makes the big league roster. If he is not with the team by April 30, Gonzalez can ask for his release. The move was made as the Yankees struggle with starting pitching depth following the shoulder injury to Luis Severino.
Gonzalez posted a 4.21 ERA, 1.4 WHIP, and 148 strikeouts in 171 innings with the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers in 2018.
Ichiro Suzuki to start for Mariners in Japan Series
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will be in the starting lineup for this week's Japan Series against the Oakland Athletics, manager Scott Servais confirmed.
Ichiro is expected to start in right field. The 45-year-old appeared in 15 games last season.
Ichiro owns 3,089 career hits and a .311 batting average.
Julio Teheran to toe rubber Opening Day for Braves
Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran will be the team's Opening Day starter, manager Brian Snitker announced Monday.
This became the clear choice when the Braves confirmed Mike Foltynewicz would start the season on the injured list with an elbow injury. It will be Teheran's sixth straight Opening Day start.
numberFire's models expect Teheran to pick up 10 wins in 2019 while posting a 4.16 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 168 strikeouts and 75 walks across 184 innings.
Dustin Pedroia (knee) to begin year on Red Sox's injured list
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee) will begin the season on the injured list.
Pedroia hasn't suffered any setbacks, but the Red Sox want him to continue to work his way up to game shape. The 35-year-old veteran will remain in Grapefruit League games through the beginning of next week before switching to extended spring training. There isn't a set date for Pedroia to return, but barring any setbacks, an April debut seems likely. Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez will split second base duties for Boston in the meantime.
Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models expected Pedroia to bat .267 with 7 home runs, 40 RBI, 49 runs scored, and 1 steal across 400 plate appearances in 2019.
Jung Ho Kang named Pirates' starting third baseman
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will be the team's starting third baseman, general manager Neal Huntington announced Monday.
Erik Gonzalez got the nod at shortstop, setting Colin Moran up for work at first and third and leaving backup middle infield work for Kevin Newman. Kang is a poor 5-for-28 (.179) this spring, but each hit has gone the distance. The 31-year-old appeared in just three games last season and missed all of 2017 due to legal troubles.
Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models only projected Kang for 166 plate appearances. He owns a career .274/.355/.482 slash with 36 homers, 120 RBI, 105 runs scored, and 8 steals across 843 PA (232 games).
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