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.

 

 

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”