LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have made a trade with the Blue Jays for a second straight day, acquiring right-handed pitcher Matt West from Toronto on Monday for cash considerations. To make room for West on the 40-man roster, Hyun-jin Ryu was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
The Dodgers optioned West to Double-A Tulsa.
The Ryu move doesn't really change his timetable other than to formalize the fact that he will not pitch for the Dodgers before May 26. That is the earliest day he is eligible to be activated from the DL.
But that is assuming Ryu hasn't had a setback, which as of Sunday was the case. Ryu threw two bullpen sessions last week and was scheduled to throw another one on Monday in Milwaukee, possibly throwing to hitters later in the week. But:
Ryu is not w/the team in Milwaukee. Mattingly said yesterday he would be here to throw bullpen session & possibly to hitters on this trip.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 4, 2015
But put down those cyanide pills for now:
Mattingly said Ryu will throw to hitters back in LA and there hasn't been any setbacks #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 4, 2015
Mattingly said Ryu did not have setback, still assumes Ryu will throw to a hitter later this week. The hitter: Yasiel Puig, also rehabbing.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 4, 2015
West, 26, converted from third base to pitcher in the Rangers' system after the 2010 season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed nearly all of 2013, appearing in one game for the Arizona League Rangers. The right-hander made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2014, allowing three runs in four innings, with three strikeouts and a walk.
The Blue Jays claimed West off waivers in January.
He is one of the rare players with a fourth option year — Minor Leaguer at Bluebird Banter wrote about it in March — and is using his final option year this year.
West pitched seven scoreless appearances for Double-A New Hampshire this season, with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 12⅓ innings. The Blue Jays designated West for assignment on Saturday, the same day Toronto DFA'd first baseman Andy Wilkins, who was acquired by the Dodgers on Sunday.