Hey Phillies! Call the Dbacks!

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Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro has a problem:

I talked to Amaro on the phone yesterday, and while he said that
upgrading the starting rotation remains his “main focus,” he said he
doesn’t yet have any willing trade partners. The problem, evidently, is
two-fold: a) Some of the pitchers who ordinarily would be on the market
(Jake Peavy, Erik Bedard, etc.) are injured; b) Some of the teams that
were expected to be trade-deadline sellers (Rockies, Reds, etc.)
haven’t completely dropped out of contention.

“No one’s out there dealing anybody or wanting to part with anybody
because the pitchers who are available are, one, hurt, and two,
pitching for teams that don’t think they’re out of the race yet,” Amaro
told Philled In. “I know because I’ve asked about every one of them.”

Ruben! Put Circling the Bases in your RSS feed and your problems will be solved!

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.