Yankees place Rafael Soriano on DL with elbow injury

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UPDATE: No word yet on a return timetable, but as expected the Yankees have placed Soriano on the disabled list.

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Already ruled out for the two-game series against the Rays that began last night, Rafael Soriano had to cut short his bullpen session due to elbow soreness and has flown back to New York to meet with team doctors.

When speaking to reporters Soriano speculated that he’ll miss “one week or two weeks,” which means he’s almost surely headed for the disabled list after appearing in just one game since May 8.

However, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that timetable stems from a conversation Soriano had with Yankees senior vice president (and George Steinbrenner’s son-in-law) Felix Lopez. who was merely serving as a Spanish-speaking “intermediary between Soriano and the team’s training staff to make sure there weren’t any mixed signals.”

In other words, that timetable is far from official until after Soriano meets with doctors in New York today.

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.