J.J. Hardy is out of tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays after leaving Thursday’s game with discomfort in the upper part of his left ankle, reports Avi Zaleon of MLB.com.
Hardy is officially listed as day-to-day right now, though he is expected to go for a precautionary MRI. The good news is that Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there is no swelling in the ankle and that Hardy feels like “nothing ever happened.”
Hardy, who signed a three-year, $22.25 million contract extension with the Orioles last month, is batting .265/.313/.495 with 19 home runs, 48 RBI and an .809 OPS over 352 plate appearances this season. Only Troy Tulowitzki has more home runs among major league shortstops.
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.