Hyun-Jin Ryu hopes to resume throwing over the weekend

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Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was too sore after receiving a cortisone injection to throw today, but he hopes to do so before the weekend is out, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. Ryu, who has been out a week now, has been battling inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

Ryu’s 2014 season likely ends with a 14-7 record, a 3.38 ERA, and a 139/29 K/BB ratio in 152 innings across 26 starts. The lefty aims to rejoin the Dodgers in time for the post-season, but if he isn’t ready, the Dodgers may have to rely on Dan Haren behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.