Conor Jackson to undergo surgery for sports hernia next week

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Athletics assistant general manager David Forst confirmed to Jane Lee of MLB.com today that Conor Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week.

Jackson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that he was “99 percent sure” that he had a sports hernia, so this new doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Frankly, no injury with Jackson does. Dr. William Meyers, who examined him over the weekend, will perform the surgery on September 1. It will almost certainly be season-ending, but Jackson is fully-expected to be ready for spring training next season.

The 28-year-old outfielder/first baseman has batted just .236/.336/.327 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 208 at-bats between the Diamondbacks and Athletics this season. Jackson was acquired from the D-Backs in June, however he has only been able to play in 16 games with Oakland, mostly due to a lengthy absence with a hamstring injury.

The former 2003 first-round pick barely survived being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last December after missing most of the 2009 season due to valley fever, but he should be looking for new employment this winter.

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.