Remember Tim Hudson? He's on his way back

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The Braves’ starters have been fantastic lately so they don’t really need him at the moment, but Tim Hudson is rehabbing and looking pretty good in the process. Three starts so far, 8.2 innings, nine hits, five strikeouts, two walks, and an ERA of 3.11. He’s touching low 90s on the gun.

The big question is going to be whether the Braves, who have Lowe,
Vazquez, Jurrjens, Kawakami and Hanson all under contract for next
year, will to exercise Hudson’s $12 million option for 2010. Assuming
Hudson keeps progressing, it’s not a terrible problem to have.

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.