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Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw a 45-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday — another step forward as he tries to return for a potential Game 3 start in the National League Division Series against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday.
Ryu hasn’t pitched in a game since September 13 and shoulder injuries seem to linger, but the Korean southpaw threw around 40 pitches during a full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and has not experienced any discomfort in the days since.
The Dodgers will roll with Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 1 on Friday in Los Angeles and Zack Greinke in Game 2. If Ryu isn’t ready for Game 3, when the series shifts to St. Louis, Dan Haren probably gets the call.
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.