Yesterday we heard that Trevor Hoffman and the Brewer brass had a little meeting before the game. We now know, thanks to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel, that the result of that meeting is Hoffman getting some time off to clear his head and fix his mechanics:
Hoffman would spend a couple of days working with pitching coach Rick
Peterson on his mechanics. During that period, Macha said, Hoffman
would not pitch in games at all, much less the ninth inning.
“We’ll see how
things go,” said Macha, who met for several minutes in his office with
Peterson and Hoffman to discuss the situation. “We’ll re-evaluate on
Of course, if the Brewers keep losing it will be Willie Randolph (my personal favorite!) and not Ken Macha making those evaluations.
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.