With a rotation spot now available following today’s trade of Jake Peavy, the Red Sox will call up right-handed pitcher Allen Webster from Triple-A to start on Sunday in Tampa against the Rays, WEEI.com’s Alex Speier reports. It will be his first outing in the big leagues this season.
Webster, 24, made his major league debut on April 21 last year and made intermittent starts throughout the season. Overall, he finished with an ugly 8.60 ERA in 30 1/3 innings spanning seven starts and one relief appearance. His numbers at Triple-A Pawtucket this season have been pretty good — he has a 3.10 ERA with a 100/44 K/BB ratio in 122 innings.
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.