Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t pitched in a game since September 12 due to shoulder inflammation, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register this afternoon that the southpaw will return to start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals next Monday.
Ryu was cleared after throwing 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game yesterday. He’ll be going on 23 days’ rest on Monday, so there’s some risk of rust, but the Dodgers are apparently confident that he’s healthy and ready to go. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 and Zack Greinke will pitch in Game 2 while Dan Haren is lined up to start Game 4 if necessary.
After an impressive rookie season in the majors, Ryu mostly duplicated that success this season, posting a 3.38 ERA and 139/29 in 152 innings over 26 starts.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.