“Immediately getting hit by a three-run homer, disappointing…”

‘Park Chan-ho lookalike’ Mitch 먹튀검증 White (29, Toronto Blue Jays) had a disappointing second appearance after returning to the major leagues. Down 2-10 in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., on April 14 (ET), White gave up one run on two hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

White was traded to Toronto from the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the 2022 trade deadline. He struggled in Toronto, going 5-5 with a 7.74 ERA in 10 games. Still, he appeared to be in a five-way battle for the starting job with Yusei Kikuchi, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal heading into this season.

In reality, he never really competed. He had a shoulder problem in the offseason and an elbow problem just before the season started. He ended up starting the season in Triple-A. In nine games, he went 1-0 with an 8.61 ERA.

Still, with Anthony Bass being designated for assignment, White was given a chance to make the 40-man roster. However, Toronto no longer considers White a starter. Since his return to the majors, he hasn’t pitched well in two straight games. He gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins on April 11.

On this day, he was also shaky. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he threw a slider to Austin Hayes for a double to left field and a wild pitch. A batter later, he gave up a 94 mph fastball to Adam Frazier for an RBI single. He then retired five straight batters in the seventh inning. His fastball sits around 95 mph, but there were plenty of so-called “fly balls. His ERA in two starts is 7.36.

Jays Journal listed White as one of four players who will be gone from Toronto’s roster by July 1. The expectation is that he will eventually be designated for assignment. Based on his performance and pitching, it makes sense. He hasn’t been as dominant as he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers due to struggles and injuries since his trade.

As the Jays Journal put it, “He had a disappointing outing against Minnesota on Nov. 11, giving up a three-run home run upon entering the game. His only real strength with the team right now is his ability to go long innings when needed, but with Trevor Richard and Nate Pearson pitching efficiently while showing they can do the job, White’s time in Toronto is running out.”

Barring a major turnaround soon, it’s hard to see White sticking around for much longer. The time before and after Ryu’s return in mid-July could be a watershed moment. The Jays could be cleared out this month, before Ryu returns, or they could be cleared out in time for Ryu’s return, as Jays Journal predicts. In 50 career major league games, Ryu is 3-10 with a 4.84 ERA. It’s been a rough ride.

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