Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t thrown a pitch this season after being shut down with shoulder soreness late in spring training and the Dodgers just announced that the left-hander will undergo season-ending surgery.
Ryu has been one of the league’s most underrated starters since signing with the Dodgers in 2013, throwing 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio.
However, he was limited to 26 starts last season due to shoulder problems on two different occasions. He’ll hope to make a full recovery in time for Opening Day and the 28-year-old Ryu is signed through 2018.
He joins Brandon McCarthy on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, leaving the Dodgers’ short on rotation depth behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
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’.