‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) has recovered from a knee contusion and will take the mound against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday as scheduled.
“Ryu Hyun-jin looks fine despite being sidelined with a leg injury,” The Athletic reported on Nov. 11 (KST). “He was in considerable pain before leaving the game in the fourth inning in his second appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he will start as scheduled on Sunday (Nov. 14).”
Ryu, who underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career during last season, has been making rehab appearances in the minor leagues since July after more than a year of rehabilitation. Despite his lengthy absence, Ryu made four appearances, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.00 ERA, and returned to the big league mound as scheduled with no major setbacks.
Ryu had a disappointing outing on April 2 against the Baltimore Orioles, who are in first place in the American League East, allowing four runs (four earned) on nine hits (one home run) with one walk and three strikeouts over five innings. Not all of his pitches went for hits, but he struggled mightily, allowing 10 hard contact balls over 95 mph.
Ryu made his second start of the season on Aug. 8 against the Cleveland Indians, and it was a completely different story than his first. Ryu pitched a perfect third inning, including his 900th career strikeout, and went on to pitch four solid innings of one-hit ball with two walks and no strikeouts. The only disappointment was his exit from the mound.
In the top of the fourth inning, a 97.7 mph (approximately 157.2 kilometers) fastball from Cleveland’s Oscar Gonzalez hit Ryu directly on the inside of his right knee. As the ball hit his knee, Ryu fought through the pain to retrieve it and throw to first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the out, ending the inning. The problem came later.
After calmly handling the pitch, Ryu collapsed to the ground in excruciating pain. The pain was so intense that he lay on the ground and was unable to get up. Toronto manager John Schneider and a trainer rushed out of the dugout to check on him, and he struggled to get back to the bench.
After returning to the dugout, Ryu expressed to Schneider that he wanted to continue pitching, but the manager decided to remove him just to be on the safe side. An on-field X-ray revealed no problems. However, due to the severity of the swelling, it was questionable whether he would be able to start on the scheduled date, but Ryu took the mound as scheduled.
“Ryu will make his next start on Sunday (Nov. 14) against the Chicago Cubs,” MLB.com’s Kieran Matheson of Toronto reports. “I saw him in Cleveland today (Nov. 11) and I can confirm that his right knee no longer looks like he has two calves,” said Matheson, who reported that Ryu’s knee has improved significantly.바카라사이트
“Ryu is scheduled to make a side pitch on Friday (Dec. 12), and assuming everything goes well, he’ll make his scheduled start on Sunday (Dec. 14) against the Cubs,” said Aden Zwelling of Sportsnet in Canada, meaning he will make his third start of the season against the Cubs as scheduled on Dec. 14 after a side pitch on Dec. 12.
Ryu’s record against the Cubs in his big league career is not bad. He has appeared in four games so far, going 24 innings with a 1-1 record and a 3.00 ERA. He’s pitched six innings in each outing and allowed two runs or less. First pitch against the Cubs is set for 2:37 a.m. on Thursday. Can Ryu get his first win of the season in his third start?