The guy who caught Albert Pujols’ 500th homer has had a pretty good few weeks

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People always talk about what they’d get if they caught a famous home run ball. How much they’d auction it for. Or, if they were to “give” it back to the player who hit it, what they’d get in exchange.

Tom Sherrill, an Air Force staff sergeant, caught Albert Pujols’ 500th home run ball in Washington. And, as was reported last month, he just gave it back. He didn’t ask for money or merch or tickets or autographs. But, as the Los Angeles Daily News reports, he got all kinds of cool experiences out of it anyway.

Maybe he gets those experiences even if he cajoles some swag from Pujols and the Angels. But it’s nice to see things being done gratuitously for a change.

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.