April 06, 2020 10:45
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays has been offered a helping hand, as he is stuck in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ryu is currently in Dunedin, Florida, where his new club was in spring training until it was suspended due to coronavirus. He is unable to travel to the club's home city due to entry restrictions Canada has imposed on travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans since March 16.
His wife Bae Ji-hyun, who is expecting a baby in May, is staying with him.
Ryu's former teammate at the Los Angeles Dodgers, veteran Canadian catcher Russell Martin, is helping the couple by letting them stay at his house in Florida.
Martin returned to Canada after failing to find a new team this season. Martin's wife Elizabeth, who gave birth to their second daughter last year, has offered the Ryus the use of baby supplies in the house in case Bae gives birth there.
Ryu and Martin played together as a battery in 20 games last season. With Martin behind the plate, Ryu pitched 130 2/3 innings, allowing just 22 earned runs with an amazing ERA of 1.52. Overall, Ryu posted Major League Baseball's lowest ERA of 2.32 in the best season of his MLB career.
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