Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

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Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida.
According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and offered him a ride back to the team motel.
After he got into the back of the police car officers allegedly found a bag on the seat containing white powder, which tests later revealed to be cocaine. Conlin speculates that pleading guilty and perhaps accepting a misdemeanor charge with community service instead of jail time could have hindered the Canadian-born Gillies’ ability to maintain a working visa
Instead he went with “not guilty”–which perhaps sets him up to negotiate a better plea deal with less of a penalty later–and hired lawyer J. Kevin Hayslett, who Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes “has represented high-profile clients including Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea.” If you’re not familiar with Bollea’s case, he spent eight months in prison after pleading no contest to reckless driving involving serious bodily injury following an accident that left his passenger in a nursing home.
Gillies is currently free on $2,000 bond and the Phillies have yet to comment “because this is an open case.”

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.