Chris Carpenter hasn’t thrown a pitch this year, but he may get closer to that this week, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he could begin throwing off a mound:
“Where I’m at right now compares to where I’m at when I start preparing myself to go to spring training. I’ve been doing everything: strengthening my upper body, running, everything. I feel great.”
Barring setbacks, that “preparing to go to spring training” timeline would have him back in about five weeks. Given the Cardinals’ health these days (i.e. awful) having him back would be a big boost.
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.