Ryu Hyun-jin, cruising toward a return in July… “Possible to appear in practice in June”

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins said in an interview with local media including Sportsnet on the 16th (Korean time), “Ryu Hyun-jin is currently pitching in the bullpen. revealed

Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent left elbow ligament surgery (Tommy John surgery) in June last year, is rehabilitating in Dunedin, Florida, USA where the Toronto team’s spring camp facility is located. Pitcher Chad Green, who was on the operating table a month earlier, is Ryu’s rehabilitation partner. General manager Atkins personally visited Dunedin last week to check the bullpen pitching and physical condition of the two main pitchers.

Ryu Hyun-jin aims to return in July, right after the All-Star break. In an interview with MLB.com in March, he said, “I think the ideal time to return is mid-July. By then, I want to complete all rehabilitation so that I can compete at the MLB level.”

Preparations for his return are proceeding well as planned by Ryu Hyun-jin. He volunteered to train 6 days a week last winter and clung to recovery and rehabilitation, and boarded a plane to the United States before New Years Eve for the first time since his advance to the MLB. After arriving in warm Florida, he completed a step-by-step pitching program by increasing the distance of his catch.

Ryu Hyun-jin has now completed the strengthening exercises for ligament regeneration, rehabilitation training, and muscle strengthening training required for pitching. He is stepping up the stairs to the MLB mound, throwing the ball directly from the bullpen. MLB.com predicted, “When Ryu Hyun-jin and Green complete their rehab pitches next month, the Toronto club will be able to more clearly determine when they will return.”

In December 2019, Ryu Hyun-jin signed a large contract with Toronto for 4 years and 80 million dollars (approximately 106.7 billion won). After serving as an ace with 5 wins and 2 losses in 2020 with an ERA of 2.69 (shortened 60 games in the regular season in the aftermath of Corona 19), he posted a double-digit victory with 14 wins and 10 losses (4.37 ERA) in 2021. However, after recording 2 wins in 6 games last year and an ERA of 5.67,메이저놀이터 he underwent elbow surgery and started a long rehabilitation.

As of the 15th, Toronto is in third place in the Eastern Division of the American League with 24 wins and 16 losses. One-two punchers Chris Bassett and Yusei Kikuchi each have 5 wins each, followed by Jose Berrios (3 wins), Kevin Gaussman (2 wins) and Alec Manoa (1 win). If Ryu Hyun-jin joins the starting lineup in the second half and pitches well, Toronto can gain momentum.

Toronto pitching coach Pete Walker said, “Ryu Hyun-jin’s rehabilitation is going smoothly. He still wants to show Toronto fans why he came to this team.”

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