Did the sky help? The injury looked serious enough to cause him to fall to the ground, but there was nothing wrong with it. The coach also said, “It will be possible to start the next game.”
Ryu Hyun-jin (36), the “Korean Monster”스포츠토토 of the Toronto Blue Jays, is expected to carry out his next pitching schedule normally.
Ryu Hyun-jin took the mound as a starting pitcher in an away game against the Cleveland Guardians in the Major League 2023 held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on the 8th (hereinafter Korean time).
Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitching was perfection itself. Ryu Hyun-jin, who showed perfect pitching from the 1st to the 3rd inning, not allowing even one runner to get on base, allowed Andres Jimenez to walk after one out in the bottom of the 4th inning, breaking the perfect streak, but treated Jose Ramirez as a fly ball out in right field and threw a good pitch. The atmosphere continued.
The problem was then. Playing against Oscar Gonzalez, Ryu Hyun-jin suffered a dizzying moment when Gonzalez’s bat hit his right knee. It was such a strong bat that his exit velocity reached a whopping 99.7 miles (157 km). Ryu Hyun-jin showed his fighting spirit by catching the ball, throwing to first base, and catching an outcount despite a considerable shock, but soon fell to the ground and complained of pain.
Toronto decided that it was impossible to pitch any more, and put right-hander Jay Jackson on the mound in the bottom of the 5th inning. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 4 innings, allowing only 1 walk and striking out 2, giving up no runs. If Gonzalez’s attacking ball hadn’t hit Ryu Hyun-jin’s knee, it was a stable pitch enough to aim for his first win in the major leagues.
On this day, the highest speed came out to 91 miles (146 km), and he blocked the Cleveland lineup perfectly by using various pitches such as the changeup, the main weapon, and the curveball and cutter.
Fortunately, the Toronto club said, “Ryu Hyun-jin suffered a bruise on his right knee and was replaced,” and it was possible to guess that the injury was not serious, but it took at least one day to know the exact condition, so the anxiety could not be completely erased.
However, Toronto coach John Schneider said in an interview with local media on the 9th that “Hyun-jin Ryu will be able to start the next start” and “the X-ray examination result was negative and his condition is much better”. It seems likely that he will be able to start in the match against. The match will be held at the Rogers Center, Toronto’s home stadium, and will start at 2:37 a.m. Korean time.
It is true that when Ryu Hyun-jin was hit by a ball on his right knee, there was a lot of concern about his injury. Keegan Matheson, a reporter in charge of Toronto for Major League Baseball’s official homepage (MLB.com), who watched Hyun-jin Ryu’s appearance on the field, also said, “It is really surprising since I saw him at the stadium last night.” It was described as almost miraculous.
At any rate, the tower with so much effort was about to collapse. Ryu Hyun-jin underwent left elbow ligament surgery in June of last year and spent about a year in rehabilitation. Ryu Hyun-jin, who announced that he is healthy while gradually digesting the rehabilitation schedule from the minor league rookie league to triple A, finally made a thrilling comeback as a starting pitcher in the home game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 2nd. It has been 426 days since the game against the Chicago White Sox on June 2 last year.
Ryu Hyun-jin, whose return itself was no different from a ‘human victory’, gave up hope for a comeback by leaving 4 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings against the Baltimore hard hitting line. Expectations are already rising as to what type of pitching will be shown.
Toronto, which is currently digesting the ’17 series of death’ schedule, is operating a 6 starting system with the addition of Ryu Hyun-jin. If Hyun-Jin Ryu deviated from the starting rotation again, she had to operate with the existing 5-man starting rotation system. Fortunately, while confirming that Ryu Hyun-jin did not suffer a major injury, Toronto expects to gain momentum in mound operation while maintaining the 6th starting system. Toronto, which is currently in third place in the Eastern Division of the American League with a record of 64 wins and 50 losses, is on the margins of advancing to the postseason with a 4-game winning streak and 3rd place in the wild card. The Seattle Mariners, who are chasing Toronto, are currently three games behind Toronto.