All-Star→Saiyoung 3rd→Opening Day starter ‘Ryu Hyun-jin’ could be out for the season…no longer throwing a ball
Alec Manoa, who mentored Hyun-jin Ryu, is effectively out for the season. There’s nothing physically wrong with him, but the decision was made to keep him on the mound for the rest of the season and let him prepare for next season. Manoa, the American League Cy Young Award winner last year, an All-Star pitcher and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter this year, has been placed on the disabled list.
On July 13, Sportsnet Canada’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reported, “Manoa hasn’t pitched in more than a month, according to a source familiar with the Toronto organization’s situation. It’s looking increasingly likely that he won’t pitch at any level this season.”먹튀검증
No physical problems. Manoa underwent a physical last week, according to Sportsnet Canada. His knee and right quadriceps were checked. No damage was found, and Toronto left the door open for Manoa to pitch in Triple-A.
However, an unnamed source said it was highly unlikely that Manoa would make a Triple-A start.
The source said, “Manoa’s physical issues continue, and rest and recovery are his priority right now. It’s not completely out of the question that he could return to the mound, but it’s very unlikely. Manoa hasn’t pitched in a month and is only two weeks away from a Triple-A assignment.”
Manoa made his major league debut in 2021, going 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 20 games, making him the hope of Toronto’s bullpen.
In his second year, he went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA in 196⅔ innings over 31 games, earning his first All-Star selection and finishing third in American League Cy Young Award voting behind Justin Verlander (Houston) and Dylan Seager (White Sox). He will finish the year with a 3-9 record and a 5.87 ERA in 19 games.
The season got off to a rocky start for the ace. In his opener, he gave up five runs in just 3⅓ innings. In the very next game, he pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win of the season, but was pulled after failing to complete five innings in two consecutive games. He failed to last five innings in six of his first 12 games to open the season.
On June 6 against Houston, he gave up six runs on seven hits in just ⅓ of an inning. Toronto decided it was pointless for Manoa to remain in the majors. They sent him down to the Complex League roster, which is primarily comprised of rookies, to give him time to regroup, but it didn’t go well. In his first start in the Complex League, he was absolutely destroyed by the Yankees’ rookies, giving up 11 runs.
He made one Double-A start before returning to the big leagues in July, and seemed to be back on track with a six-inning, one-run start against Detroit on July 8. But he couldn’t keep it together. Four runs in 3 innings, three runs in 5⅓ innings, one run in 4⅓ innings, three runs in 6⅔ innings, and four runs in 4 innings. He still couldn’t get through five innings. With Hyun-jin Ryu’s successful return from his second Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction), Manoa’s spot in the rotation became increasingly scarce, and now it’s on the verge of disappearing.
According to Sportsnet Canada, “Toronto will now operate under the assumption that Manoa is not available. That’s already been the case for the past few weeks, and it will become increasingly clear in the coming days. If a replacement starter is needed, it will likely be a bullpen game.”