Garry Templeton’s run-ins with Whitey Herzog punched his ticket out of St. Louis — and Ozzie Smith’s to St. Louis — back in 1981. Now Templeton is the manager of the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden League. His first baseman: John Urick. Who’s John Urick? Whitey Herzog’s grandson.
Their story was in the New York Times on Saturday. And it’s an interesting one. But not just because of the coincidences and laughs that usually characterize these kinds of stories. Because, nearly 30 years later, it sounds like Herzog and Templeton still don’t care a lick for each other.
Time doesn’t heal all wounds, I guess. Nor does it heal all flip-the-bird-at-fans-then-get-yanked-off-the-field-by-your-managers.
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.