After being scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to a sore left foot, Hyun-Jin Ryu has been cleared to start tomorrow night against the Braves.
Ryu injured the foot when he kicked a comebacker during his two-hit shutout against the Angels on May 28, but he managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list. While the Korean left-hander doesn’t usually throw bullpen sessions between starts, but Bill Plunkett of the Orange County-Register reports that he made it through side sessions on Monday and Wednesday without incident. Dodgers manager Dom Mattingly said he’s now back to “100 percent.”
Ryu has been one of the National League’s better pitchers in his first year stateside, posting a 2.89 ERA and 67/22 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings over 11 starts. The 26-year-old has thrown six innings or more in 10 of his starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of them.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.