Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that he revealed some interesting information during a press conference yesterday. Specifically, that the labrum tear was found in an MRI before he signed his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2012. Keep in mind that the team, under GM Ned Colletti, also paid a $25.7 million posting fee for exclusive negotiating rights with him.
Despite the labrum issue, Ryu managed a 3.17 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 56 starts from 2013-2014. That’s pretty darn impressive under the circumstances. He had a stint on the DL last April due to shoulder inflammation and also missed some time in September before returning for the playoffs, but he had been able to pitch through it until now. The tear is considered relatively minor, but shoulders can be tricky and it’s far from a guarantee that his rehab process will be trouble-free.
Ryu will be 29 next March and is still owed $7 million per season from 2016-2018.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have agreed to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, pending a physical. No word yet on the terms involved.
Miranda threw for teams last month at a showcase last month at the University of Miami alongside Andy Ibanez, Ariel Miranda, and Gelkis Jimenez, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Ibanez, an infielder, has been the most highly-regarded name in that group.
Miranda pitched in Cuba’s Serie Nacional from 2007-2013 and posted a 3.78 ERA over 64 starts and 16 relief appearances. The 25-year-old averaged 6.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 during his time there.
The Marlins have lost eight games in a row and are now 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, but second baseman Dee Gordon continues to do some cool things. Watch him steal four bases last night against the Orioles:
The four stolen bases tied a career-high for Gordon as well as the Marlins team record, which was set by Luis Castillo on May 18, 2000.
Gordon hadn’t stolen a base since May 4 prior to last night, but he’s now up to 16 steals on the year, which puts him one behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. While Gordon’s batting average has inevitably begun to fall back to Earth of late, he’s still leading the majors at a .386 clip.
The best record in baseball belongs to…the Kansas City Royals.
Behind two home runs from Kendrys Morales and another strong start from Chris Young, the Royals topped the Cardinals 5-0 last night in an interleague matchup at Kauffman Stadium.
Young scattered six hits over six scoreless innings in the victory. After holding out until March to sign with a team, the 35-year-old right-hander now owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs (one earned) over four starts.
Morales did all the heavy lifting offensively, clubbing a three-run homer off Lance Lynn in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third. The Royals bought low on the 31-year-old after nightmare 2014 season, but he’s now batting .305 with six home runs and an .864 OPS across 41 games and leads the American League with 37 RBI.
The Royals sit at 27-14, two games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central. Check out this tidbit on their hot start:
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 0, Royals 5
Rangers 10, Yankees 9
Phillies 1, Nationals 2
Orioles 8, Marlins 5
Reds 3, Indians 7
Mets 1, Pirates 4
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3
Brewers 11, Braves 0
Astros 2, Tigers 6
Angels 12, Red Sox 5
Giants 11, Rockies 8
Athletics 2, Rays 5
Twins 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Dodgers 2
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5 (13 innings)
Rafael Soriano remains unsigned almost two months into the season, but Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com hears that the Cubs are among several teams who have considered bringing the veteran reliever aboard.
Soriano, 35, is currently training in the Dominican Republic and has been throwing to live hitters in preparation for game action. His agent, Scott Boras, told Mooney on Thursday that teams are “reaching out” and he’s “pretty close to structuring a deal for him.”
The Marlins were briefly mentioned as a possible fit last week with Steve Cishek being moved out of the closer role, but they apparently aren’t willing to give Soriano the salary he covets. The Cubs entered play Thursday with a disappointing 4.20 ERA out of their bullpen, but Hector Rondon isn’t in any danger to lose his closer job. If the price is right, they’d likely look at Soriano as a set-up man.
Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings with the Nationals last season, but he really struggled during the second half and found himself booted from the closer role in September.