Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin is expected to set a return date during a four-game home series against the Baltimore Orioles next week.
On the 28th (hereinafter Korean time), the Canadian media Sportsnet published an article titled, “Ryu Hyun-jin’s return is getting closer, which affects the Blue Jays’ trade plan,” and said, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who spent more than 13 months in rehabilitation after receiving Tommy John surgery, will be able to recover as soon as possible.” He will be available for pitching when Baltimore visits the Rogers Center next week.”
Ryu Hyun-jin joined the big league team at Dodger Stadium on the 25th after successfully digesting rehabilitation pitching four times in the minor leagues in July. And on the 27th, he conducted bullpen pitching in front of manager John Schneider. The remaining procedure now is live pitching against hitters, if not, returning to the big leagues immediately.
Toronto will continue to play 3 home games and 4 home games against the Los Angeles Angels on the 29th and 31st and Baltimore on August 1-4, respectively. Against the Angels, Kevin Gausman, Alec Manoa, and Jose Berrios start in that order.
Toronto plans to operate a 6-man rotation during this period, as Toronto will have a 17-game series of forced marches without a day off until August 14th. There is a possibility that Ryu Hyun-jin will join Gaussman, the starting pitcher against the Angels on the 29th, the first game, and the Baltimore game on August 3, the next turn.
Ryu Hyun-jin is also showing confidence as his return is imminent. In an interview with local media after joining Dodger Stadium, he said, “Rehabilitation went well after surgery. Command and speed have improved quite a bit. Every time I pitch, my speed is steadily increasing. The speed I need is coming out. At the same time, I am satisfied with the command. do,” he said.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s statute needs no explanation. In four rehab appearances, he pitched 18 innings, giving up 13 hits and one walk while striking out 16. In the last 22nd Triple-A game, which was his last appearance, he gave up 2 runs with 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. He averaged 88.4 mph and a high of 90.8 mph at the time.
Ryu Hyun-jin said, “I want to play my role as a starter. I have prepared well as a starter, and I am ready. I will do what it takes to win whatever the team wants.” I want to help them win,” he said.
The last time Ryu Hyun-jin pitched in the big leagues was against the Chicago White Sox at the Rogers Center on June 2 last year. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who came off the mound complaining of elbow pain, underwent Tommy John surgery for the first time since joining the pros on June 19 in Los Angeles under the guidance of Dr. Neil Elatrache.먹튀검증
Last May, when he was entering full-fledged rehabilitation pitching, he said, “The goal is to return in July,” but it is delayed by about a week.
This is the final season of his four-year, $80 million free agent contract. It remains to be seen whether Ryu Hyun-jin, who is expected to make 10 to 11 mounds for the rest of the season, will play an active role in the free agent market again.