As first reported by ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia will undergo season-ending surgery in the next 7-10 days to remove painful bone spurs from his right (pitching) elbow.
Mejia has been playing with those bone spurs for a while and had to leave his start Saturday against the Padres after three innings due to elbow discomfort.
The 23-year-old registered a promising 2.30 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 27/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings (five starts) this season for the Mets. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next February and will have a great shot at a 2014 Opening Day rotation spot. Mejia owns a 2.87 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.0 K/9 in 398 career minor league innings.
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.