NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 10: Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles greets Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees prior to Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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.
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.