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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) to start season on the injured list
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will start the season on the injured list, per manager Dave Roberts.
Not an unexpected move as the Dodgers' ace has battled shoulder issues this spring. Kershaw is not expected to be out long, though, with a mid-April season debut likley. Walke Buehler or Rich Hill are the most likely candidates to start on Opening Day for L.A.
Kershaw was projected for a 2.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 186 strikeouts in 184 2/3 innings before the injury news came out.
Trevor Cahill to take the mound for the Angels on Opening Day
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Trevor Cahill will start on Opening Day.
Cahill heads up the Angels' rotation with Matt Harvey, Felix Pena, Tyler Skaggs, and Jaime Barria to follow. Cahill tossed over 110 innings for the Oakland Athletics last season.
Our models project Cahill for a 4.08 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 102 strikeouts in 112 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Cubs' Yu Darvish lifted from Cactus League start with blister
Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish made an early exit from a Cactus League start Tuesday due to a blister on his right ring finger.
Darvish left after throwing a pitch in the top of the fifth inning. The blister shouldn't cause him to miss his first turn in the Cubs' rotation. The 32-year-old right-hander only made eight starts last season due to elbow and triceps injuries.
numberFire's models expect Darvish to record a 3.93 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with 158 strikeouts and 60 walks across 139 2/3 innings in 2019.
Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) ruled out for Brewers on Opening Day
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress (sore right shoulder) will open the 2019 regular season on the injured list.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell conceded last week that Jeffress was unlikely to be cleared in time for Opening Day. However, the 31-year-old right-hander continues to progress and is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday, so it might be a short stint on the IL.
Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models expected Jeffress to record a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 75 strikeouts and 28 walks across 70 innings this season.
Yankees' Dellin Betances (shoulder) to start year on injured list
New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.
Betances informed the Yankees he has felt weaker than normal this spring and can't fully extend while pitching. Turning 31 on Saturday, the right-handed setup man will start the season on the injured list and doesn't have a timetable to return.
Betances recorded a 2.70 ERA and 115 strikeouts with 4 saves over 66 2/3 innings last season.
Brad Peacock 'leading candidate' for Astros' fifth spot
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is the "leading candidate" to begin the year in the fifth spot in the rotation, manager A.J. Hinch said.
Peacock was the expected choice after Josh James suffered a quad injury. The 31-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 1.50 ERA with 10 punchouts over 12 innings this spring. James could eventually compete for the fifth spot again if Peacock struggles during the year.
numberFire's models expect Peacock to record a 3.50 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 98 strikeouts and 26 walks across 72 innings this season.
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