Hyun-Jin Ryu recovered from sore foot, cleared to start Friday

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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.

Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

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Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.

Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”

Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.

The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.