Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes had to be pulled from Monday’s season-opener in Tampa Bay after just one at-bat due to tightness in his left hamstring and he was placed on the disabled list after the game. But good news arrived at the Jays’ clubhouse Tuesday in the form of negative MRI results.
According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Reyes has been diagnosed with mild left hamstring inflammation and is aiming to return from the disabled list as soon as his 15-day stint is over.
“It is a relief,” Reyes told reporters. “That’s good news. Just showed some inflammation, no damage at all. Just need some rest, should be fine, back to play.”
Reyes missed 29 total games in 2011 with hamstring problems and he was out for 10 weeks last season because of a freak ankle injury. The hope is that this season will go a little differently for him.
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.