Dodgers infield prospect Alex Guerrero hasn’t been at Triple-A since Miguel Olivo attacked him and bit part of his ear off. He returned to baseball on July 10, playing rookie ball in the Arizona League for seven games. On July 20, the Dodgers moved him up to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. At long last, he’s back with Triple-A Albuquerque, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Prior to the ear-biting incident, Guerrero was slashing .376/.417/.735 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI for Albuquerque. He could make his States-side major league debut later this season; he made appearances against the Diamondbacks in both games played in Australia in March to kick off the regular season.
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.