Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason.
According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what was apparently an accident in his native Nicaragua.
Padilla was let go by the Rangers last season, and there was plenty of talk of him being a negative presence in the clubhouse. Now with the shooting and the lack of clarity behind what happened, it’s understandable if the Dodgers are getting cold feet. It certainly seems unlikely Padilla will receive the $12 million he made last season, from the Dodgers or anyone else.
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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.
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.