BoSox ink reliever Nelson

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The Red Sox on Monday inked 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
It’ll be the second stint in the organization for Nelson, who received a World Series ring after pitching in three games and allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings in 2004. The oft-injured reliever broke through at age 33 for the Marlins in 2008, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 60/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. However, Florida non-tendered him anyway and the Rays never took much of a liking to him after signing him. He had a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings before being dropped from the roster on Aug. 1.
Nelson stands little chance of winning a spot in the Boston bullpen, but he’ll qualify as nice insurance if he’s willing to open the year in Triple-A.

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.