Dodgers activate Hyun-Jin Ryu for Wednesday start

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As confirmed by the Dodgers’ official Twitter account …

Ryu will return to Los Angeles’ starting rotation on Wednesday night against the Mets after sitting out for a little over three weeks with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The Korean southpaw did not make a minor league rehab start, but he threw 75 pitches last Friday in an extended spring training game and experienced no shoulder discomfort. So he should be good for about 90 pitches in his return Wednesday. Ryu, 27, owns a remarkable 3.00 ERA, 1.208 WHIP, and 185/60 K/BB ratio through his first 231 major league innings.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.