Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

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Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.”
According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t be rejoining the team until everybody involved feels that he’s ready.” Or as general manager Jack Zduriencik put it: “When we’re satisfied that he’s mentally ready to resume playing and feels comfortable in his surroundings here.”
In the meantime the Mariners are expected to have Ryan Langerhans split time in left field with Michael Saunders, who was called up from Triple-A last night to replace Bradley on the roster. They’re both lefty bats, but Saunders is a 23-year-old prospect while Langerhans is a 30-year-old journeyman, so the Mariners figure to give Saunders every opportunity to claim a larger share of the starts if he looks good initially.
Saunders struggled in his first taste of the majors last season and got off to a poor start at Triple-A this year, but hit .310 with a .922 OPS at Triple-A in 2009 and looks capable of being a .275 hitter with 20-homer power eventually if things break right.

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.