With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good. And quite surprising. Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s have exercised Geren’s option for 2011.
Geren has led Oakland to an uninspiring 296-329 record over his three-plus years in yellow and green, but the club’s higher-ups obviously feel that he is the right man to lead a young A’s roster into the next decade.
The 58-year-old Geren played for the Yankees and Padres during a five-year major league career. He got into coaching in the mid-90s, starting in the Red Sox’s minor league system and eventually shifting to the A’s organization in 2000.
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.