‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) recovers from a knee bruise and goes to the mound against the Chicago Cubs on the 14th as scheduled.
The American’The Athletic’ said on the 11th (Korean time), “Ryu Hyun-jin looks fine despite missing a leg injury.” (The 14th) I plan to start as scheduled.”
Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent his second Tommy John surgery during the season last year, started rehabilitation in the minor leagues in July after more than a year of rehabilitation. Despite his long hiatus, Ryu Hyun-jin pitched in 4 games and left an excellent record of 2 wins, no losses and an ERA of 2.00, and returned to the big league mound as scheduled without any major problems.
On the 2nd, Ryu Hyun-jin left regret with 9 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings against the Baltimore Orioles, who are running first in the American League East Division. He struggled, allowing 10 hard-contact balls over 95 mph, though not all of them resulted in hits.
Ryu Hyun-jin had his second appearance of the season against the Cleveland Guardians on the 8th, and the content of his first appearance was completely different. Ryu Hyun-jin showed off perfect pitching up to the 3rd inning, striking out his 900th strikeout in his major league career. However, if there is one regret, it was the process of going down the mound.
In the top of the 4th inning, Cleveland’s Oscar Gonzalez hit a 97.7-mile (approximately 157.2 km) assault ball from defense, 2nd out and 1st base toward Ryu Hyun-jin, and was hit directly on the inside of his right knee. When the ball hit his knee and fell, Ryu Hyun-jin endured the pain and caught the ball again, then handed it to first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to produce an outcount and end the inning. The problem was after that.
Ryu Hyun-jin calmly handled the batted ball and then collapsed on the ground complaining of excruciating pain. His pain seemed so great that he rolled on the ground, and he could hardly stand up. Toronto coach John Schneider and trainer were surprised and came out of the dugout to check Ryu Hyun-jin’s condition, and after suffering for a long time, he struggled back to the bench.
After returning to the dugout, Ryu Hyun-jin announced to Schneider that he would continue pitching, but the command tower decided to replace Ryu Hyun-jin out of concern for an unexpected situation. And as a result of conducting an X-ray inspection placed in the stadium, no special problems were found. However, it was questionable whether he would start as a starter on the scheduled date due to severe swelling, but Ryu Hyun-jin climbed the mound as scheduled.
“MLB.com” Toronto manager Mattison said, “Ryu Hyun-jin is about to make his next start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday (14th). Looking at Cleveland today (11th), Ryu Hyun-jin’s right knee no longer has two calves. I was able to confirm that it didn’t look like it was done,” and reported that Ryu Hyun-jin’s knee condition had greatly improved.꽁머니
Arden Zwelling of Canada’s ‘Sportsnet’ explained, “Ryu Hyun-jin will have side pitching on Friday (12th),” and “Assuming everything goes smoothly, he will make a scheduled start against the Cubs on Sunday (14th).” In other words, as long as there is no problem with his physical condition, he made his third appearance of the season against the Cubs as scheduled on the 14th after side pitching on the 12th.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s performance against the Cubs in his big league career is not bad. Ryu Hyun-jin has appeared in a total of 4 games and digested 24 innings, recording an average ERA of 3.00 with 1 win and 1 loss. He pitched 6 innings and pitched less than 2 runs in every appearance. The Cubs match starts at 2:37 am on the 14th. Will Ryu Hyun-jin get his first win of the season through his third appearance?