Carlos Beltran playing right field for the first time since May 11

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An elbow issue has limited Carlos Beltran to designated hitter duties since he came off the disabled list in early June, but Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he will make his return to right field this afternoon against the Rays.

Beltran hasn’t played right field since May 11 and hasn’t started there since May 10. He’s still dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, but he apparently feels good enough to give it a go.

After signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, Beltran is batting .240/.296/.429 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI over 87 games this season. The 37-year-old enters Saturday’s action with just one hit in his last 18 at-bats, but he’s hitting .289 with seven homers and an .833 OPS over his last 34 games.

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.