Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto) has begun to prepare for his return, but he still needs time, and Toronto’s patience has run out.
On July 7, Toronto optioned right-hander Alec Manoa (25-Toronto) to the Rookie League.
Manoa is 13-7 with a 6.36 ERA in 58 appearances this season, including 13 starts. Most notably, he has a league-high 42 walks in 58 innings pitched.
On June 6, he started a home game against Houston and gave up six runs on seven hits (one home run) and one walk in just 0.1 innings before being pulled early and taking his seventh loss.
When he couldn’t get out of the jam, he had a rare moment of good fortune. With the bases loaded and one out in the first inning, Peña laid down a bunt on the second pitch he saw, and the ball rolled down the third base foul line. It looked like it was going to go out of bounds, but the ball eventually stopped just inside the line, and Manoa, who was following the ball in defense, fell to the ground. He “hoo-hooed” the ball with his mouth, as if trying to create wind to push the ball out of bounds.
When the ball came to rest inside the foul line, he quickly got up and laughed as if it was a simple prank, but it was a sad and hilarious scene. As Major League Baseball’s official website explains, “As the ball rolled toward the foul line and stopped in fair territory, Manoa decided to encourage it. But it’s harder than it looks, and Manoa wasn’t so lucky,” the official Major League Baseball website said. In 1981, Seattle third baseman Lenny Randall crawled on his stomach and blew on a ball that was rolling toward the foul line, but was eventually ruled a hit.
In the end, Manoa didn’t make it through the first inning of that game and was pulled early after giving up a bunch of runs, prompting the club to send him to the Florida complex, which isn’t even Triple-A. In other words, rebuild from scratch and come back.
Manoa is a junior who has been 토토사이트 particularly close to Hyun-jin Ryu since his arrival in Toronto, a relationship that has been well publicized in Korea. He filled the starting rotation alongside Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett, and Yusei Kikuchi this season, stepping in to fill the void left by Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury, but never quite lived up to expectations.
Major League Baseball’s official website pointed to Triple-A’s Borden Francis, Casey Lawrence, and Zach Thompson, as well as rehabbing pitchers Mitch White, Thomas Hatch, Trent Thornton, and Trevor Richards as the next best options, but they weren’t long-term solutions.
In the end, Toronto should look forward to Ryu’s return to form. Ryu is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the minors sometime this month, with the goal of joining the rotation after the All-Star break and at the start of the second half on July 15.