As expected, the Nationals have decided to stick with Davey Johnson as manager.
General manager Mike Rizzo went through the interview process with other candidates, but various reports pegged Johnson as the man for the job for weeks now and the Nationals simply held off making things official until after the World Series.
Rizzo said in a statement that “it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served” with Johnson, who managed the team to a 40-43 record after taking over at midseason following Jim Riggleman’s sudden exit. At the time Riggleman stepped down the Nationals were 38-37.
Johnson is the oldest manager in baseball at age 69 and took more than a decade off from managing after leaving the Dodgers in 2000, but his contract also includes a team option for 2013.
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.