The Blue Jays announced a series of lineup changes on Saturday, with the left Hyun Jin Ryu and the catcher Danny Jansen activated from the injured list. In the respective moves, the catcher Tyler Heineman and right Trent Thornton was the option to Triple-A Buffalo.
Ryu was able to do only two started this year before elbow inflammation brought him up to IL. Both are poor outings, with Ryu allowing at least five earned runs in each. Jays certainly hope that Ryu can return so those results can be fitted to the wound. In 169 rounds last year, Ryu had an ERA of 4.37, with a 20.4% drop in strike rate but a strong walk rate of 5.3%. It’s going to be difficult to get back into his rotation Ross Stripling returns to a long relief role in the bullpen, a role Thornton has taken on in the interim.
Jansen’s season got off to a great start before an oblique injury forced him onto the shelves. In a small sample of three games, Jansen hit a few home runs and scored .571 / .625/1,571 to start the season. Last year he scored .223/.299/.473, wRC+ of 105 in 70 games. With Heineman’s pick and Jansen’s trigger, the club are still rolling with a three-captain setup, as Jansen joins Alejandro Kirk and Zack Collins in the list.