Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Maybe.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and five other MLB teams are expressing interest in the free agent right-hander, who allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings Saturday as his Chinese Taipei team grabbed a 4-1 victory over Australia in Group B of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The Yankees were in attendance for that start.
Wang posted a hideous 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings (five starts, five relief appearances) last season for the Nationals, but the 32-year-old was battling hip and hamstring issues. He registered a 4.04 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings (11 starts) with the Nats in 2011.
The Yankees need starting rotation depth because Phil Hughes is having back problems.
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.