It wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in the major leagues soon.
Toronto Blue Jays’ ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36) has completed another successful minor league rehabilitation appearance.
Ryu took the mound in a home game against the Single-A Tampa Taftons (affiliated with the New York Yankees) at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, on the 10th.
Ryu, who was making a rehab start with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Toronto affiliate, threw four innings of one-hit ball, striking out one and allowing just three hits and no walks. He threw 37 pitches.
Ryu gave up a leadoff double in the first inning, but was able to get out of the jam thanks to a fielder’s choice. After getting leadoff hitter Jared Serna to fly out to centre field on two pitches, Ryu got Jesús Rodríguez to fly out to right field on two pitches to get things started.
Of course, the inning wasn’t over. After getting two strikes on Ben Rice, a four-pitch at-bat led to a double to left field, but Rice raced past second base to third, and Dunedin was able to make a relay play from left fielder to shortstop to third to tag Rice out to end the inning.카지노사이트
After retiring leadoff hitter Omar Martinez on a line drive to first base on two pitches in the top of the second, Ryu continued his momentum by getting Brennie Escarnio to ground out to shortstop on the first pitch of the inning and getting Dauri Arias to fly out to left field on two pitches to record the first triple play of the game.
Ryu’s scoreless streak continued in the third inning. Ryu got leadoff hitter Jake Palmer to ground out to shortstop on two pitches, Ronnie Rojas to ground out to third base on three pitches, and Felix Neges to ground out to second base on two pitches to get out of the inning with three infield grounders.
Dunedin took the lead in the bottom of the third on Manuel Beltre’s solo home run to left, and Ryu returned to the mound in the top of the fourth with a 1-0 lead. After a leadoff single by Serna led to a throwing error by third baseman Tucker Thoman to load the bases, Ryu got Rodriguez to ground into a shortstop-second baseman-first baseman double play to erase the tying run.
Rice followed with a single to right, but was shaken up by two consecutive pitches to Martinez, who hit a four-pitch line drive to left to put runners on second and third, but after a full count with Escarnio, the sixth pitch was called a strike to end the inning, his first and final strikeout of the game.
Tampa challenged the call, but the call was not overturned. Minor league teams can also challenge a ball call. Ryu pitched no further. Dunedin sent Eliander Alcalde to the mound in the top of the fifth inning. Dunedin lost the game, 1-6. Ryu had nothing to do with the win or loss.
On the day, Ryu topped out at 88.4 mph (142 km/h). Ben Nicholson-Smith, a Toronto reporter for Sportsnet, wrote, “Ryu struck out one and walked three in four scoreless innings in his rehab start at Dunedin. He threw 37 pitches, 27 of which were strikes. His fastball touched 88.4 miles per hour and he induced four swinging strikes.”
Earlier, Ryu made a successful return to the mound on 5 May, starting a game for the FCL Tigers (affiliated with the Detroit Tigers) in the minor leagues, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts in three innings.
Ryu’s last major league start remained on 2 June last year against the Chicago White Sox. After giving up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in four innings, Ryu was lost for the season when he decided to have surgery on his left elbow and has been rehabbing ever since. At this rate, he could return to the major leagues in July.