1:45 p.m.: The Blue Jays announced that Ryu has been placed back on the 15-day injured list due to further inflammation in his left forearm. right-handed Jeremy BeasleyThe contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. He’ll take Ryu’s spot on the active roster (he’ll likely take a bullpen spot as Stripling slips into Ryu’s rotational spot).
Beasley, 26, allowed eight runs in 9 1/3 innings for the Jays in 2021, but posted a 1.01 ERA with a 31.6 percent strikeout rate and 8 walk rate .1% in 26 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level so far in 2022.
11:06 a.m.: Blue Jays left-handed Hyun Jin Ryu was due to undergo an MRI this morning after leaving last night’s game with a recurring forearm tightness, manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters (Twitter link via TSN’s Scott Mitchell). It doesn’t look like there will be an official update on Ryu today, as Montoyo now says that Ryu is still being evaluated (Twitter link via Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi). It is likely that Ross Striplin will take Ryu’s next turn in the rotation, however.
It’s the second forearm issue of the season for Ryu, 35, who has struggled to a 5.33 ERA in just six starts and 27 innings so far in 2022. Ryu has spent about a month on the injured list with what the team called forearm inflammation, and a recurrence and subsequent series of imaging is an obvious cause for concern. Montoyo told Mitchell and others that Ryu seems to be dealing with “kinda the same thing he was last time”, which doesn’t inspire much confidence.
If Ryu needs another absence, the Jays are at least provisioned to withstand the loss. Signatory out of season Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah pitched with results topping the rotation, while newcomer Yusei Kikuchi has been solid lately in the middle of the group. Picking up last year’s marquee deadline, Jose Berrios, struggled in his first full season in Toronto despite his status as one of the AL’s most consistent players in recent seasons. Stripling pitched well in a swingman role and gives the Jays a better “starter sixth” option than most clubs currently have. Meanwhile, the former best hope Nate Pearson embarked on rehab after a long battle with mononucleosis.
Ryu is in the third season of a four-year, $80 million contract. His first campaign in Toronto was nothing short of outstanding, as he started 12 games and threw a 2.69 ERA in the shortened 2020 season – good for third place in the American League Cy Young vote. He was durable but less productive in 2021, taking the ball 31 times and landing a 4.37 ERA with a decreased strikeout rate over time of 169 frames.