Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back.
“The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point where I think I’ll have the injection. It’s still sore.”
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer, Polanco could receive the shot as soon as Thursday when the team returns home. The 35-year-old third baseman is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, though he obviously won’t be back any time soon.
Polanco hasn’t played since July 4, but the injury has hampered his production for a number of weeks now. After beginning the season with a .398 batting average in April, he’s batting just .216/.276/.261 with two homers and a .537 OPS since the start of May.
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.