Seattle is adding a power arm to the bullpen, calling up right-hander Stephen Pryor after the 2010 fifth-round pick posted a 0.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
Pryor was similarly dominant in his first two pro seasons as well and arrives in the majors with a 2.87 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 113 innings as a minor leaguer, although his control is a big question mark after he walked 4.6 batters per nine frames.
Pryor works in the mid-90s with his fastball and has been clocked in the triple-digits at times, so if he can improve his control from terrible to merely bad he might have a future as the Mariners’ closer.
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.