Hamilton could be out for a week due to rib soreness

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Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton suffered bruised ribs when he ran into the outfield wall on Saturday at the Twins’ Target Field.  He underwent X-rays and they came back negative, but he’s still feeling some discomfort and was not in Sunday’s lineup.

Hamilton hinted to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson that he could be out for a week:

“I
can’t say for sure, but all signs point to not good,” Hamilton said Sunday morning. “The last time
it happened (last year), I was feeling a lot better after about a week. There’s no
DL, but it’s how quickly I get back out there. We’ve got to make the
playoffs before we can worry about playing in the playoffs.”

The Rangers have a healthy lead in the American League West and probably don’t have to worry about gaining any more ground.  It might be wise, then, to simply give Hamilton the next week off and a few more off days down the stretch.

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.