Angels right-hander Dane De La Rosa was one of the best setup men in the league last season, but he was shut down with a shoulder injury after just one appearance this year and a recent setback has stalled his comeback.
De La Rosa made four minor-league rehab appearances at Triple-A, which were discouraging enough that manager Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com: “He’s not quite where he needs to be.”
De La Rosa had a big workload last season, logging 72 innings in 75 appearances, and the 6-foot-7 reliever with a mid-90s fastball posted a 2.86 ERA with 65 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .219 batting average.
It sounds like he may be headed for another MRI exam and, at the very least, De La Rosa is nowhere close to rejoining the Angels.
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.