This is getting downright weird.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has left outfielder Manny Ramirez out of his starting lineup for a fourth consecutive day, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
The Dodgers have been playing well recently and Torre hinted to reporters on Friday that he wanted to keep his Manny-less lineup intact because of superstitious thoughts. But the club lost to the Rockies on Saturday night, and a truly superstitious manager would probably want to mix things up.
Torre has insisted that no one is telling him to leave Manny out of the lineup and, by all accounts, no headway has been made in trade negotiations with the White Sox.
Ramirez is batting .311 with a solid .915 OPS, eight homers and 40 RBI in 196 at-bats this year, but Scott Podsednik is seeing starts in his place because Torre likes the “energy” of a lineup that includes the more fleet of foot outfielder.
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.