Although it was a short period of two months, Ryu Hyun-jin (36) confirmed that he was healthy. It is unclear whether the partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays can continue. However, Ryu Hyun-jin is still evaluated as a competitive player in the major league.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow Tommy John surgery in June of last year, returned last August, 14 months later. No one was sure whether a pitcher in his mid-30s would be able to overcome a gap of more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. There were cases in which Justin Verlander (Houston) came back even more powerful, such as winning the 2022 Cy Young Award after undergoing Tommy John surgery at an almost unlucky age. However, Hyun-Jin Ryu had Tommy John surgery after his second high school season. He also underwent surgery to tear a labrum in his shoulder joint and remove an overgrown bone in his elbow after his advancement to the major leagues. It was perhaps natural to question his return.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin made everyone’s worries unfounded. In the two months since his return, Ryu Hyun-jin has shown off his health. He left a record of 3 wins and 3 losses in 11 games, an ERA of 3.46 (20 earned runs in 52 innings), 38 strikeouts and 14 walks. With the presence of Ryu Hyun-jin in the second half, Toronto found stability in its starting lineup. He helped win one wild card ticket. Toronto was skeptical about Ryu Hyun-jin’s return, but the performance exceeded expectations, turning everyone’s question marks into exclamation marks.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto ahead of the 2020 season, was in the final year of the contract this year. Due to injuries and surgery, he could not be considered to have faithfully fulfilled his four-year contract. He joined as an ace, but his status within the team안전놀이터 has now fallen somewhat. In the end, he was not included in the roster for the wild card series against the Minnesota Twins, and as Toronto was ‘lost’ with two losses in the series, Ryu Hyun-jin’s last appearance was against Tampa Bay on the 1st (3 innings, 2 runs).
Locals are also curious about Ryu Hyun-jin’s future plans. First of all, Ryu Hyun-jin wants to remain in the major league. On the 5th (Korean time), reporter Ben Nicholson-Smith of ‘Sportsnet Canada’ reported on his SNS, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin said he wants to sign with a major league club.’ Although he cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the KBO league, Ryu Hyun-jin expressed his intention to stay in the major league for a while longer.
The past two months were a time to confirm Ryu Hyun-jin’s competitiveness. Although he was Ryu Hyun-jin, a pitcher who went against the grain in the era of fastballs, he confirmed that he was strong and capable of surviving in the major leagues with his control rather than his speed, speed control, and experience.
On the 6th, ‘MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’ said about Ryu Hyun-jin’s future plans, ‘It seems reasonable to sign with a major league club as a starting option in the free agent market,’ and ‘This veteran’s injury history is quite long, but 2013 He debuted with the LA Dodgers and was an effective player when healthy, recording an ERA of 3.27 and FIP (ERA) of 3.53. Considering his performance since his return and his recent surgery history, it is reasonable to sign a contract with a one-year contract period, he predicted
Ryu Hyun-jin has announced his intention to remain in the Major League, but it is unclear whether he will continue to play with Toronto. ‘MLBTR’ reported that ‘the future in Toronto is currently uncertain’ and predicted that Ryu Hyun-jin’s last appearance in Toronto will be his last appearance in the regular season.
A situation that confirmed that it was still competitive. Can the drama ‘Human Victory’ written by Ryu Hyun-jin continue to air on the major league stage? Ryu Hyun-jin still has work left to do in the major leagues.