Blue Jays announce Hyun-Jin Ryu as opening day starter

Hazel Mae and Shi Davidi discussed where the Blue Jays could play home games after the Canadian government denied their bid to play in Toronto, and big decisions manager Charlie Montoyo and the pitching staff have to make for the pitching rotation.

Prized free-agent acquisition Hyun Jin Ryu will start for the Toronto Blue Jays on opening day Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 2019 National League ERA leader has made a strong impression on his new club due to his performance on the mound, his work ethic and selflessness.

Ryu was dominant for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, compiling a 2.32 ERA (3.10 FIP) and 1.00 WHIP over 29 starts. The 33-year-old left-hander owns a career ERA of 2.98.

Toronto inked the South Korean hurler to a four-year, $80-million contract in December.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo has not yet announced how the rest of the rotation will be deployed behind his new ace. Matt Shoemaker and Tanner Roark have their positions locked up, while Trent Thornton is the frontrunner to replace the injured Chase Anderson in the No. 4 spot. Anthony Kay, Ryan Borucki and top prospect Nate Pearson are among the options for the fifth and final opening.

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