Roy­als out­fielder Soler to start sea­son on DL

Ac­quired from Cubs in off­sea­son, he hurt him­self on a swing.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Wire ser­vices JOHN SLEEZER / KANSAS CITY STAR

Roy­als out­fielder Jorge Soler will likely be­gin his first sea­son in Kansas City on the dis­abled list af­ter strain­ing his oblique in a mi­nor league game.

Soler, ac­quired from the Cubs in De­cem­ber for closer Wade Davis, hurt him­self on a swing Sun­day. Soler went for a MRI on Mon­day, and man­ager Ned Yost ac­knowl­edged Soler was ex­pected to be out of ac­tion when the Roy­als open Mon­day at Min­nesota.

Soler, ex­pected to be­gin the sea­son as the Roy­als’ starter in right field, en­tered Mon­day bat­ting just .143 (7 for 49) with two homers in 17 Cac­tus League games.

In the last two weeks, he had be­gun play­ing in mi­nor­league games in an ef­fort to rack up ad­di­tional at-bats.

Soler missed nearly two months last sea­son with a pulled left ham­string. He was side­lined for three weeks in 2015 with a left oblique in­jury, plus an­other month with a sprained an­kle.

Yost also said Raul Mon­desi will open the sea­son as the start­ing sec­ond base­man. Mon­desi won the job over Whit Mer­ri­field, Chris­tian Colon and Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert.

Mon­desi, 21, be­gan Mon­day hit­ting .378 this spring with a .622 slug­ging per­cent­age, three home runs and two dou­bles in 19 games.

“For any­body who watched, it was def­i­nitely an ob­vi­ous choice,” Yost said.

The Roy­als also op­tioned first base­man-out­fielder Peter O’Brien, who hit a Cac­tus League-lead­ing seven homers, to Triple-A Omaha.

Na­tion­als: Vet­eran re­liever Joe Nathan was re­leased. Nathan’s 377 ca­reer saves rank sec­ond among ac­tive pitch­ers and eighth in ma­jor league his­tory. Nathan, 42, went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in only 61/3 in­nings with the Cubs and Giants last sea­son as he worked his way back from a sec­ond Tommy John surgery to re­pair his right el­bow. The Na­tion­als also re­leased re­liever Matt Al­bers.

Rangers: Vet­eran first base­man James Loney was re­leased. Loney, a non-ros­ter in­vi­tee, hit .174 with one homer in 16 spring train­ing games. Also, knuck­le­baller Ed­die Gam­boa was op­tioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Reds: Out­fielder Ryan Raburn was re­leased af­ter he strug­gled in a bid to win

a bench role. Raburn, who turns 36 in April, hit only .219 in spring train­ing. Un­der his con­tract, the Reds had to pay him $100,000 if he was still on the ros­ter af­ter Mon­day. Red Sox: Tyler Thorn­burg was scratched from Mon­day’s game, and the team in­di­cated the right-handed re­liever will start the sea­son on the dis­abled list.

Ori­oles: With Chris Till­man slowed by a sore right shoul­der, right-han­der Kevin Gaus­man was named the open­ing day starter for Mon­day’s game against the Blue Jays at Cam­den Yards. Till­man, who had started the pre­vi­ous three open­ers, was hop­ing to be­come the first Ori­oles pitcher since Jim Palmer (197477) to start four straight open­ers. Man­ager Buck Showal­ter also said right-han­der Dy­lan Bundy, who was a re­liever last sea­son, will start Bal­ti­more’s sec­ond game on Wed­nes­day.

Mets: Zack Wheeler, out the last two sea­sons while re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery, pitched five shutout in­nings, al­low­ing two hits while walk­ing two and strik­ing out three in Mon­day’s 5-0 win over the Mar­lins.

Brew­ers: Re­tired MLB Com­mis­sioner Bud Selig will throw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch in Mon­day’s sea­son opener against the Rock­ies. Selig, a for­mer owner of the Brew­ers, will be in­ducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30, his 83rd birthday.

Twins: For­mer bullpen coach Rick Stel­maszek will throw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch in Mon­day’s sea­son opener against the Roy­als. The long­est-tenured coach in club his­tory, Stel­maszek was on staff from 1981 through 2012.

Jorge Soler was ex­pected to be the Roy­als’ start­ing right fielder this sea­son.

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