Dayan Viciedo won’t need surgery, could return sooner than initially expected

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Dayan Viciedo was given a 3-4 week recovery timetable after suffering a fractured right thumb in yesterday’s game, but the White Sox announced today that further examination showed he won’t require surgery.

That means he can resume baseball activities within two weeks and could be healthy in time for Opening Day, although Viciedo remains on the bubble as a backup outfielder depending on whether the White Sox feel he’d be better off playing every day at Triple-A.

It should be a relatively easy choice, as Viciedo is just learning to play the outfield defensively and has plenty of rough edges to smooth out offensively as well, particularly in regard to plate discipline. Oh, and he’s also only 22 years old.

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.