Dustin McGowan lasts just eight pitches before another setback

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Dustin McGowan has suffered yet another setback on his long road back from shoulder surgery, with manager Cito Gaston saying that “it doesn’t look good” for the 28-year-old right-hander.
McGowan took the mound Monday at extended spring training to face live hitters for the first time since being shut down in the middle of spring training, but lasted just eight pitches before leaving the game in pain and is headed for an MRI exam.
He last pitched for the Blue Jays in July of 2008 and is now in danger of missing the entirety of a second straight season despite the team initially hoping he could return during the first half of last year. Once a promising young starter with a mid-90s fastball, McGowan is now just hoping to avoid another surgery and advance past Square 1 of his recovery at some point.

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.