Mike Carp called up to Mariners after hitting .358 at Triple-A

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In an effort to boost their terrible offense the Mariners have called up first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp from Triple-A, where he hit .348 with 19 homers and a 1.069 OPS in 57 games.

That type of production obviously screams out for an opportunity, but it’s worth noting that Carp is also 25 years old and this was his third season at Triple-A.

Last season he hit 29 homers in 110 games there, but it came with a .257 batting average. And the season before that he batted .271 with 15 homers and an .818 OPS in 110 games.

He’s far more likely to be a solid platoon player than anything resembling a star, but it also won’t take much for Carp to be a big upgrade for a lineup that ranks dead last among AL teams in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

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.