Hyun-Jin Ryu missed the entire 2015 season to a lefty shoulder injury that eventually required major surgery, but he began a throwing program in early October and hasn’t encountered a setback through two-plus months of rehab.
Ryu said this weekend at the Dodgers’ annual holiday party that he expects to be 100 percent recovered and prepared for a full workload by the beginning of the 2016 campaign. “My personal goal is to be in the rotation Opening Day until the season ends,” the South Korean left-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com on Saturday.
Ryu will be asked to carry a lot of weight in 2016 with the Dodgers losing Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks this offseason. Los Angeles pursued Johnny Cueto, but the team’s final bid finished either second or third to San Francisco. And the Dodgers had a three-year, $45 million deal in place with Hisashi Iwakuma in early December but pulled it off the table after Iwakuma’s physical. He went on to re-sign with the Mariners.
Andrew Friedman and Co. could still trade for an impact starter or two.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.