Mets not healthy just yet: Jose Reyes gets scratched

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Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique.
Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting right-handed against righties last week with poor results, going 1-for-10 in three games. He is fine to hit right-handed and play defense, so he will be available off the bench tonight.
The Mets face lefties on both Friday and Sunday, so Reyes figures to start at least two games this weekend. Replacing him tonight at shortstop is Ruben Tejada. The Mets have also shifted Angel Pagan up to the leadoff spot and moved Alex Cora from eighth to second in the lineup.
It will change soon, but with Reyes getting scratched, the Mets’ star shortstop and center fielder still haven’t been in the lineup together since May 20, 2009.

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.