Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) meets with his Toronto teammates at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (LA), California, U.S., on Friday (June 25).
Ryu’s return is imminent.
“Hyun-jin Ryu will join the team when Toronto hosts Los Angeles on May 25,” MLB.com reported on May 23, adding, “The club wants to see him in person to plan his return. While the timing of Ryu’s return to the big leagues has not been finalized, he is close to returning to the majors after 13 months of rehabilitation following elbow ligament reconstruction surgery.”
“Ryu threw 85 pitches in six innings for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 22,” the outlet said, adding that the game “could be Ryu’s final rehab start.”
Ryu underwent left elbow ligament reconstruction surgery on June 19 last year and has been rehabbing for more than a year.
“My goal is to return to the major leagues in July 2023,” he said shortly after the surgery.
Ryu has been rehabbing according to plan and is close to achieving his primary goal.
Ryu pitched out of the bullpen in May, pitched live in June as scheduled, and made four minor league appearances in July.
On July 22, he pitched six innings in Triple-A, giving up two runs on three hits (two homers) and a walk. He struck out five.
Ryu threw 85 pitches, his most since the surgery, and upped his fastball’s velocity to 90.8 miles per hour (about 146 kilometers per hour). MLB.com reported, “There’s nothing to prove in a rehab start anymore. It’s time to set a timetable for Ryu’s return,” with the team expecting him to return in late July.
It’s also encouraging that Ryu threw 23 changeups, his primary weapon, and induced seven swings and misses.
“Ryu appears to have regained his feel for his most important pitches,” MLB.com wrote.
Ryu’s next start will likely be one of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on July 29-31.
Toronto will play a 17-game road trip from July 28 to August 14 without a single day off.
With a five-man starting rotation of Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett, Yusei Kikuchi, and Alec Manoa, Toronto plans to use a “six-man system” during the 17-game stretch. Ryu Hyun-jin is coming off a successful rehab start.
Since breaking into the majors in 2013, Ryu has compiled a career record of 75-45-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 175 games in the big leagues 메이저사이트.
After undergoing elbow surgery, Ryu’s win clock stopped for 13 months while he rehabbed.
But Ryu didn’t stop. His 13-month rehabilitation to return to the big leagues is about to pay off.