Max Scherzer makes his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. FOLLOW: MLB.coms GameDay audio. This afternoon, in Jupiter, Floridas Roger Dean Stadium, the 32-year-old righty is set to make his Grapefruit League debut after working his way back from a stress fracture in his right ring finger.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with mild herniation of a disk in his lower back, making it doubtful that the veteran will be ready for Opening Day. Ethier received an epidural injection and will be shut down from baseball activity for seven to 10 days. Ethier, who turns 35 years old next month, missed almost all of the 2016 season with a broken leg. He was hoping to grab at least a part-time role in left field, but it appears that won’t be the case to start the season. Andrew Toles is the player most likely to see increased playing time in Ethier’s absence. Ethier has a club option worth $17.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout for the 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn't dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game. Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones' grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the WBC final for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.