Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

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Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns.
Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until five months before his 27th birthday despite a 1.80 ERA in 235 career innings and Ron Gardenhire making it pretty clear that he wanted to give him a look since spring training.
However, his amazing minor-league track record screams out for an opportunity. I don’t expect Slama to be an elite reliever and he’s no sure thing to even develop into a quality setup man, but he might and when someone holds opponents to a .170 batting average while racking up 83 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA in 68.1 innings at Triple-A there’s no reason not to give him a shot.

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.