Braves to use Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest

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With their spot in the playoffs no longer secure and Jair Jurrjens’ knee injury looking more serious than initially believed, the Braves have decided to adjust their rotation by starting both Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest.
Hudson fill face the Marlins tonight, followed by Lowe tomorrow, and they’ll both be pitching on three days’ rest. Hudson has made just three previous starts on short rest–including none since 2006–but is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in those games. Lowe has four career short-rest starts, going 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA, but also hasn’t won on short rest since 2006.
By starting on short rest tonight Hudson is also set up to pitch the season finale Sunday against the Phillies, perhaps with the Braves’ season on the line. That start would be on full rest and as an added bonus he’ll probably be facing Philadelphia’s backups. Lowe would then be in line to start either a one-game playoff or Game 1 of the NLDS.

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.