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Dodgers avoid arbitration with Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher

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J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports that the Dodgers avoided arbitration with outfielder Scott Van Slyke and reliever Chris Hatcher on Thursday. The financial details are not yet known.

Van Slyke, 30, is entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $1.225 million last season. The son of former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke, Scott was limited to 52 games in 2016 and compiled a meager .225/.292/.314 triple-slash line in 113 plate appearances. Van Slyke underwent season-ending surgery on his right wrist near the end of August.

Hatcher, 31, is also entering his second of four arbitration-eligible years. The right-hander struggled over 40 2/3 innings, putting up a 5.53 ERA with a 43/21 K/BB ratio. Hatcher suffered a season-ending Game 3 strain of his right oblique in July.

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.