“Korean Monster,” Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who successfully completed the first actual game, is on his second sortie. Ryu Hyun-jin is steadily stepping up step by step. To that extent, it means that the process of his return is smooth.
American media Roto Bowler said on the 8th (Korean time), “Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin will start again on the 10th (local time, 9th noon ET) at TD Ballpark located in Dunedin, Florida, USA. Elbow Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery), threw the ball for 3 innings in his first real game recently. He struck out 5 batters and scored 1 run.” He added, “Toronto manager John Schneider said that Ryu Hyun-jin will pitch for about four innings this time.”
On the same day, reporter Caitlyn McGrath of The Athletic, an American media outlet, also said, “Hyun Jin Ryu will make his next rehab start on Sunday against Tampa Tarpons (under the New York Yankees) on the US Minor League Single A stage. Sunday in the FSL)”. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, another media outlet, also said on the same day, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation after surgery, will appear in the Florida State League on the 10th. Jin Ryu will pitch in the Florida State League this Sunday.안전놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin is spurring his return to the big leagues. Ryu Hyun-jin had his first real fight after Tommy John surgery on the 5th. He started the game against the FCL Tigers in the American Minor League Rookie League held at the Toronto club’s spring camp training facility at the time, and recorded 4 hits, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 3 innings. He checked his physical condition while dealing with a total of 13 batters. It was 398 days, about 1 year and 1 month, that Ryu Hyun-jin went to practice.
At that time, Ryu Hyun-jin scored his first run after being hit with doubles in a row after two shots in the first inning. In the second inning, he allowed a double to the lead batter and faced a run crisis, but showed his ability to manage the crisis by handling all three subsequent batters. He finished his pitching in the third inning, striking out three, though he gave up one hit. 42 total pitches. His highest velocity on his fastball was 88 miles (141.6 km).
Ryu Hyun-jin will start for the second time in 5 days after a 4-day break. The stage also changed to Single A, which is one step higher. It means that the process of recovery is that smooth. Ryu Hyun-jin got out of the lineup early after undergoing elbow ligament joint surgery in June of last year. After that he committed to rehab for a year. So far everything is going well. I pitched the bullpen for the first time at the end of May. At the time, Ryu Hyun-jin’s appearance was revealed through the Toronto club’s official SNS (social network service), and it attracted a lot of attention as it was captured that he had lost weight compared to the past. According to director John Schneiter, Ryu Hyun-jin is said to have lost nearly 30 pounds (about 13.6 kg) in his weight.
Ryu Hyun-jin conducted live pitching twice normally last June, pitching with the hitter standing up. He then played 3 innings while playing a simulation game. And following his first actual appearance in the rookie league on the 5th, he is about to make a single A sortie on the 10th. If this continues, it is expected that the number of pitches will gradually increase as the team gradually advances to higher level leagues such as Double-A and Triple-A matches.
Canadian local media are also showing great interest in Ryu Hyun-jin’s return process. After completing his first appearance on the 5th, the Toronto Sun said, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, pitched a good impression in his first game. He is taking a strong step in the right direction. “There’s a chance he’ll be back in the major leagues at the end of the month, which will be a big boost to Toronto’s weak mound soon.”
Ryu Hyun-jin has been in his fourth year since signing with Toronto in December 2019. Toronto has a record of 48 wins and 40 losses in 88 games this season, and is in third place in the American League East Division. The race and ride with the district’s leading Tampa Bay took place in 8 games, but with a wild card, you can aim for fall baseball. Will Ryu Hyun-jin be able to join the team in the second half and take on the role of an upward engine?