— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 19, 2020
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.
Montoyo says Chase Anderson (oblique) will definitely begin season on IL. There’s a “great chance” that Trent Thornton will be in rotation, leaving one spot open. “A lot of guys” are in the running for it, he said, declining to be specific.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 19, 2020