Jair Jurrjens could pitch in relief this weekend

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According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jair Jurrjens threw his second bullpen session in the past three days Friday and said his ailing right knee felt well enough to pitch in a game.

“Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don’t,” Jurrjens said. “It was good.”

Braves manager Bobby Cox said “it’s just good to know that I think he could pitch,” and suggested that Jurrjens might make a relief appearance during this weekend’s series against the Phillies.

Jurrjens hasn’t faced live hitters since September 14 due to a slight tear of the meniscus in his right knee, so the Braves still need to evaluate whether he would be included on the potential postseason roster.

The most likely scenario is that Jurrjens pitches if or when the Braves wrap up the Wild Card. He’s not pitching any important innings. That’s for sure. 

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.