Toronto Blue Jays announcer broadcaster and former player Buck Martinez has announced he is stepping away from the broadcast booth following a cancer diagnosis. Martinez, who works at Sportsnet, released a statement, revealing Sundays game versus the Oakland Athletics would be "my last in the booth for a little while." While away, Martinez has promised to fight in the good spirits and cheer for his Blue Jays.
“Today will be my last game in the booth for a little while as I have recently been diagnosed with cancer and will begin the process for treatment in the coming weeks,” Martinez said in a statement. “I’ve been so honored and privileged to have the support of Blue Jays fans, colleagues, staff, and players since I arrived here in 1981, and that continued support through this next challenge means the world to me.
“I’m grateful for a tremendous medical team, who has given me great optimism that I will come through this with flying colors. I hope to rejoin my Sportsnet teammates for the stretch run later this season, but in the meantime, I will be watching from the sidelines as I fight the good fight.
“I thank everyone in advance for respecting my and my family’s privacy during this time”.
The Blue Jays added Hyun Jin Ryu to the 10-day injured list
Ryu is dealing with a left forearm inflammation and he is set to miss some time.
"Of course I'm concerned," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said on Saturday. "We're going to see how he feels." Before Ryu was placed on the injured list, Montoyo expressed some of his concerns regarding Ryu. "I'm not sitting here to tell you about track record anymore.
He's just struggled these last outings," the manager said. "We're just hoping he makes an adjustment and finds his command."