Jason Bay was hoping to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it probably won’t happen.
Bay is still experiencing soreness around his strained left intercostal muscle and has yet to try swinging a bat.
“The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on the DL expired,” Alderson said. “But that looks unlikely. It’s just hard to predict.”
Bay isn’t expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment unless the injury sidelines him well beyond the weekend. The Mets, however, would like to get him into one or two extended spring training games before he returns.
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.