The last-place Brewers have been bit by the injury bug in a big way this year. And now it’s Rickie Weeks’ turn.
The Brewers announced this evening that Weeks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The 30-year-old suffered the injury when he was running to first base on a ground ball in the eighth inning last night against the Giants.
Weeks told Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel after the game that he felt a “a little pop” while running, but MRI results aren’t yet known. Either way, he won’t be eligible to return until later this month. Scooter Gennett will rejoin the Brewers tomorrow and figures to get the majority of the playing time at second base for now.
The hamstring injury is just the latest development in a disappointing season for Weeks, who is hitting just .209/.306/.357 with 10 homers and 24 RBI in 104 games. His .663 OPS is a career-low.
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.