David Wright didn’t return from a bruised left rotator cuff yesterday as originally hoped, but Kristie Ackert of New York Newsday passes along word that he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers. He’ll bat third against Colby Lewis.
This will be Wright’s first game action since June 26. He managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list, so the Mets have played short-handed for the past nine days.
Wright had a 10-game hitting streak prior to the shoulder injury, but he hasn’t been up to his usual excellent standards so far this season. The 31-year-old enters tonight’s action hitting .277 with six home runs and a .729 OPS over 79 games.
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.