Mon, 28 Sep 2009 05:09:38 -0700
The Associated Press reports Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said he saw former CL B.J. Ryan's struggles coming when he was hired in 2008. "Even when I was here last year, he didn't excite me," Gaston said. "I think he got by out there a lot of times barely by the skin of his teeth. He didn't really have a live fastball like he used to have."
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:24:56 -0700
The Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports the Chicago Cubs released RP B.J. Ryan Wednesday, Aug. 5, after he asked to be cut. He felt the velocity and sharpness of his pitches were not where they needed to be.
Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:25:29 -0700
Paul Sullivan, of The Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Cubs RP B.J. Ryan has thrown three scoreless outings with Triple-A Iowa, averaging 86 to 88 mph on his fastball. The team has to decide by Aug. 10 whether to recall him, otherwise he can opt out of his contract and sign with another team.
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 23:03:13 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Cubs RP B.J. Ryan began his rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, July 28, giving up no runs and walking one batter in the seventh inning. He's expected to have around six outings before the Cubs decide whether to call him up. According to Ryan's contract, the Cubs must call him up in 15 days from his first appearance or release him so he can sign elsewhere.
Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:58:47 -0700
Paul Sullivan, of The Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Cubs RP B.J. Ryan will begin a stint with Triple-A Iowa as soon as he strengthens his shoulder in Arizona. "He's not ready," assistant general manager Randy Bush said. "What's great is that he wants to do it the right way. He wants to go to Mesa, wants to get work with his delivery, wants to get himself back to where he feels good about where he's at, how he's delivering the ball and his mechanics."
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:01:52 -0700
Updating a previous item, Sportsnet.ca reports the Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays) to a minor league deal Thursday, July 16. Ryan will go to Arizona, where he will begin building his arm strength up in minor league games, according to ESPN. He was 1-1 with two saves and a 6.53 ERA while giving up 22 hits and 17 walks in 20.2 innings this year with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 14:29:32 -0700
ESPNews reports the Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays) Thursday, July 16. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:12:37 -0700
The Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan reports the Chicago Cubs are interested in free-agent RP B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays). After Ryan clears waivers, he becomes a free agent, and any team can sign him for $200,000 in '09 and $400,000 in '10.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:27:05 -0700
MLB.com's Alyson Footer posted on her Twitter page that the Houston Astros have no interest in free-agent RP B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays), according to general manager Ed Wade.
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 13:02:40 -0700
Updating a previous item, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian posted on his Twitter page that the Toronto Blue Jays still owe free-agent RP B.J. Ryan (Blue Jays) $10 million for the 2010 season.