Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) returns to the MLB (American Professional Baseball) mound after 14 months.
Ryu Hyun-jin will start against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 8:07 am on the 2nd of next month in Korean time. Blue Jays coach John Schneider (43) said in an interview with local media on the 29th, “Ryu Hyun-jin is ready. Now is the time to move forward without looking back.” The Blue Jays plan to set up a six-man starting system for the time being with Ryu Hyun-jin joining the starting rotation. Manager Schneider said, “I will leave the mound to him without a limit on the number of pitches.”
Ryu Hyun-jin finished his last inspection with a bullpen pitch at the home stadium on the 30th. His record against the Orioles was 5 wins and 1 loss, with an ERA of 4.35. The Orioles, who were considered underdogs ahead of the opening season, are making a sensation this season and are running first in the American League overall (63 wins and 41 losses). Ryu Hyun-jin said, “It doesn’t matter which team we play against,” and “I want to create a platform for our team to win in any game as a starting pitcher.”
It is the first time in a year and two months that Ryu Hyun-jin is on the MLB starting mound since the home game against the Chicago White Sox in June last year. At that time, after giving up 3 runs in 4 innings, he came down the mound himself with pain in his left elbow. Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament reconstruction surgery for the second time since 2004 when he was a student at Dongsan High School, improved his condition by making four actual appearances in the minor leagues this month after a long period of rehabilitation.
In line with Ryu Hyun-jin’s return to the start, MLB.com said, “Blue Jays colleagues call Ryu Hyun-jin ‘Hyeong (older brother)’. Korean that can be interpreted as ‘Big Brother’” shed light on his leadership. “Ryu Hyun-jin has more than a mentor to the Blue Jays team members. He generously passes on his know-how to young players.” Alec Manoa (25), who played the role of an ace with 16 wins and 7 losses last year, found Ryu Hyun-jin when he fell into sluggishness this year, and Ryu Hyun-jin bought him dinner and gave him advice. Ryu Hyun-jin’s interpreter, Park Joon-seong, said through MLB.com, “I came to respect Ryu Hyun-jin even more after seeing Ryu Hyun-jin, who never complained during the rehabilitation period.”
The Blue Jays, who are third in the Eastern Division of the American League (58 wins and 46 losses), are in a fierce competition to advance to the playoffs, so Ryu Hyun-jin is welcome to join. In the major leagues, the champions of the Eastern, Central, and Western divisions of each league and the top three teams in the wild card rankings, excluding these three teams, make the playoffs, and the Blue Jays are tied for second place in the wild card with the Houston Astros. The Blue Jays won their third game in a row by defeating the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on the 30th.메이저사이트
He recorded 75 wins and 45 losses and an ERA of 3.27 in 11 seasons in the big leagues. Ahead of the 2020 season, Ryu Hyun-jin, who wore a Blue Jays uniform for 4 years and 80 million dollars (approximately 102.2 billion won), his contract expires this season.