Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, who has a set date for his comeback, threw bullpen pitches as part of his final checkup ahead of his return. He’s about to take the mound for the first time in 14 months.
Hyun-jin Ryu threw bullpen pitches on Tuesday (June 30) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ryu, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in June last year, will make his comeback against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre next month. It will be his first major league start in 14 months.
After his rehabilitation, Ryu made four rehabilitation appearances in the minor leagues between Rookie, Single-A and Griggs Triple-A. In those four games, he posted a 2.00 ERA (4 earned runs in 18 innings), 13 hits (3 home runs), 1 walk, and 16 strikeouts to prepare for his major league return.
He pitched in front of manager John Schneider and pitching coach Pete Walker, and his best friend Danny Jansen took the ball. “The most important thing for me in the rehabilitation process was to not get frustrated with myself, and I did a good job of that, and that’s what I focused on,” Ryu said in an interview with TSN and other local Canadian media outlets.
“As a starting pitcher, I want to make sure that I set the stage for my team to win, and as long as I do what I can as a starting pitcher, it doesn’t matter what team I’m facing,” he said, reinforcing his motivation to return.
Manager John Schneider said, “I could see who Ryu was. When the ball was commanded where he wanted it, the class of his pitches was unbelievable and awesome. He was good.”
“Players who have undergone Tommy John surgery typically see an increase in velocity but take longer to control it,” TSN reported. But Schneider was impressed with Ryu’s command ahead of his return.
Ryu signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto prior to the 2020 season. He is in the final season of the fourth year of his contract. He finished third in the American League Cy Young Award after going 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 games (20 earned runs in 67 innings), 17 walks and 72 strikeouts in the 2020 coronavirus shortened season.
The following year, he struggled in the second half of the season, going 14-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 31 games. His elbow issues began to surface, and after going 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA in six games last year, he was placed on the disabled list in June and underwent elbow surgery.
In his first start in 14 months, Ryu 메이저사이트 will take the mound with a heavy responsibility. Toronto began a hellish 17-game road trip against the Los Angeles Angels on April 29. It will continue until the 14th of next month.
According to The Athletic, “When Ryu comes up, Toronto will temporarily use a six-man rotation. Putting Ryu in the middle gives the starters an extra day of rest, and it also gives them a matchup against a left-handed Ryu and a left-handed Baltimore lineup.
Ryu’s starting teammates also welcome him back