The absence of Toronto Blue Jays junior pitcher Alec Manoa (25), who followed Ryu Hyun-jin (36), is taking longer than expected.
Canadian media outlet Toronto Sun said on the 6th (Korean time), “The hellish year continues as Manoa has been moved to the Triple-A inactive list. Manoa has been placed on the Triple-A Buffalo’s temporary inactive list.”
According to the minor league website, it is stated that a minor league player may be placed on the inactive list if ‘a minor league player leaves the team for a few days due to personal reasons or is not listed on the injured list due to a trip to the All-Star Game, etc.’
This tells you that the situation is going in a worse direction than expected. “Manoa remained in Toronto when many thought he would join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons,” the outlet said. “So nothing was heard for almost two weeks. Toronto insisted Manoa was uninjured, but he “It had to go through some kind of extensive testing.”
Manoa has not pitched since pitching 4 innings against the Cleveland Guardians on the 11th of last month. The media explained, “No one can predict when Manoa will return.”
He debuted in the big leagues in 2021 and recorded 9 wins, 2 losses, and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.22. He played well last year with 16 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 2.24, was selected as an American League (AL) All-Star, and ranked 3rd in Cy Young Award voting and 17th in MVP voting. .
Manoa was in the spotlight as a pitcher who would take responsibility for the team’s future. During his rookie days, he followed Ryu Hyun-jin and asked for a lot of advice, making him known as ‘Wishing for Ryu Hyun-jin’. He also showed a special ‘bromance’ by spending time together in the minor league this season.온라인바카라
Manoa’s presence also had an impact on the fact that Ryu Hyun-jin’s absence was prolonged and it seemed difficult to guarantee his position after his return. Manoa was the place where only a bright future was expected.
However, this season’s extreme slump continues with 3 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 5.87. Having experienced the minor league once, he was expunged from the first team again on the 11th of last month, and on the 5th, he was placed on the minor league’s temporary inactive list.
The Toronto Sun said, “Considering Manoa’s competitive spirit and personality, he would have been hurt when he heard the news of his second demotion,” and “Even if Toronto secures a postseason berth with 24 games remaining, Manoa will not be included in the fall baseball roster.” “It is certain,” he said.
He then gave a pessimistic outlook, saying, “It was reported in the baseball world that he was not physically injured, but he must have been mentally broken,” and “I am starting to feel that he will not return to the team within this year.”
Manoa’s rebound was a very important factor for Toronto this season. This is because Ryu Hyun-jin will qualify as a free agent (FA) again when this season ends.
Previously, MLB.com said, “Ryu Hyun-jin will become a free agent after 2023. Ricky Tiedman, the team’s No. 1 prospect, is not yet a definite constant.” “Can we confidently write Manoa’s name as one of the five starting pitchers next spring? Or should we bring in another veteran pitcher? A career can turn around in an instant. Manoa may bounce back. When that happens, it will be an unbelievable story now. But this season has been a season with an unexpected twist. “He explained.
Manoa’s outlook for next season is also uncertain, and Toronto’s dependence on Ryu Hyun-jin is growing even more.