With the Dodgers in first place it’s easy to forget that they’re missing a key player in Hyun-Jin Ryu. But he’s been out all year. Looks like he’ll be out a good bit longer too, after manager Don Mattingly acknowledged yesterday that Ryu’s rehabilitation from a left shoulder injury has been “slowed down a little bit.” Ryu was supposed to begin facing live hitters this week, but nope.
Ryu has tossed 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio since joining the Dodgers in 2013. But it’s unclear when he’ll toss his next inning.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.