Must-click link: Jerry Crasnick on concussions in baseball

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is one of my favorite national writers and the effects of concussions in baseball is something that warrants a lot more attention that it’s gotten thus far, so his lengthy article today about Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Corey Koskie, and the great unknown of concussions is absolutely a must-read:
Jerry Crasnick: Much still unknown about concussions
Morneau was second among AL hitters in OPS when he got kneed in the helmet on July 7 and hasn’t played since. Bay has been out since slamming into the outfield wall on July 23.

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.