Bartolo Colon thinks he can pitch three more years

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Susan Slusser spoke with the veteran A’s starter. He’s not ready to hang it up yet:

 

I suppose if it’s cheap enough. But really, you go year-to-year with Colon, I figure.

That said, why not bring him back next year? He went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA this year. Led the league with three shutouts. Ate 190 innings and made the All-Star game. No, he’s not likely to repeat that, but he obviously still has something left in the tank.

You rely on young guys like Sonny Gray to be the future aces, but having Colon around to take the ball almost every fifth day is pretty darn valuable over the course of a 162-game season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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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.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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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.