Hyun-Jin Ryu’s rehabilitation “has been slowed down a little bit”

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With the Dodgers in first place it’s easy to forget that they’re missing a key player in Hyun-Jin Ryu. But he’s been out all year. Looks like he’ll be out a good bit longer too, after manager Don Mattingly acknowledged yesterday that Ryu’s rehabilitation from a left shoulder injury has been “slowed down a little bit.” Ryu was supposed to begin facing live hitters this week, but nope.

Ryu has tossed 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio since joining the Dodgers in 2013. But it’s unclear when he’ll toss his next inning.

 

 

Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

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The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.