Dodgers rule out Clayton Kershaw for Opening Day, ending streak

Clayton Kershaw won’t start for the Dodgers on Opening Day, ending his streak of pitching eight openers.

Manager Dave Roberts announced the decision Monday, saying it is unlikely Kershaw would open the season on the active roster.

Left shoulder inflammation has kept Kershaw from pitching in any pring training games. The left-hander is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday, but there are no plans in place after that.

The Dodgers are considering Walker Buehler and Rich Hill as Opening Day starters.

Pay raise: The Blue Jays will give minor-league players a 50 percent raise. Many minor-league players make as little as $1,100 per month and are not paid during spring training or the offseason. A lawsuit filed by former minor-leaguers alleging MLB violated minimum-wage and overtime requirements was disrupted last year when Congress passed the Save America’s Pastime Act, stripping minor-leaguers of the protection of federal minimum-wage laws.

Briefly: Gio Gonzalez and the Yankees agreed to a minor-league contract. If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old Gonzalez would get a $3 million left-hander while in the major leagues and the chance to earn performance bonuses. … Atlanta named right-hander Julio Teheran its Opening Day starter. … The Pirates picked Jung Ho Kang to start at third base and gave the nod at shortstop to Erik Gonzalez. … Texas pitcher Yohander Mendez has a sprained left elbow and likely won’t appear in a game until June. … The Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring training. Wood was part of the trade that brought outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati from the Dodgers.

Spring training highlights: Colorado’s Ryan McMahon went 2-for-3 with a 466-foot homer in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati. He’s batting .444 (20-for-45) this spring, tops in baseball. … Dakota Hudson firmed up his bid for a rotation spot by striking out eight over five scoreless innings for St. Louis in a 4-1 win over the Phillies.

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