I’ve been looking forward to July. He made it through his third rehab start. Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) is close to returning.
Ryu made a start against the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (affiliated with the Detroit Tigers) on 16 June at Salmon Field in Buffalo, New York, and pitched five innings of three-hit ball (one home run) with five strikeouts and one run allowed. He threw 66 pitches (46 for strikes) and topped out at 144 mph on his fastball.
Gave up a solo home run to Justin Henry Malloy in the first inning. He settled down quickly. He retired the side in order in the second and third innings. In the fourth, he gave up back-to-back singles, but induced a flyout to put out the fire. He retired the side in order in the fifth.
Ryu felt something wrong with his arm after pitching against the Chicago White Sox in the American League (MLB) on June 2 last year. He underwent surgery to repair ligament ligament ligaments in his left elbow and began rehabilitation. He started pitching for the first time in about a year. On 5 May, he made a start against the FCL Tigers (affiliated with Detroit), allowing one run on four hits in three innings with five strikeouts. He threw 42 pitches, with his fastball topping out at 141.6 kilometres per hour.
After four days of rest, he made his second start in the last 10 days. He pitched four innings of three-hit ball, striking out one and walking none, against the Single-A Florida State League’s Tampa Tarpon (affiliated with the New York Yankees). He threw 37 pitches and topped out at 142 mph. With this successful Triple-A outing, Ryu is expected to speed up his return to the big leagues.
Both Ryu and Toronto are desperate for the return of the “Korean Monster. Ryu made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, but left for Toronto in free agency ahead of the 2020 season. He signed a four-year, $80 million deal.
In his first year, during a shortened season of 60 games per team due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, he went 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 games and 67 innings pitched. In 2021, he went 14-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 31 games and 169 innings. Last season, he was shut down after going 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA in six games and 27 innings. This year is the final year of his contract with Toronto. He’ll need to have a strong second half.
Toronto also needs help in the starting rotation. This season, they’ve gone with Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett, Yusei Kikuchi, and Alec Manoa. With a 7-5 record and a 3.03 ERA, the ace of the rotation is now in jeopardy. Gaussman was scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 16th but had to pull out due to side soreness. Bassitt took his place and pitched six innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 win.
According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, Gaussman was examined and cleared of any further damage. The exact timetable for his return is undetermined. He will be monitored.
Manoa is not a constant either. He has struggled with a 2-7 record and a 5.91 ERA. He was sent down to the minors last month to rebuild. He made his big league debut on the 8th against Detroit. He pitched six innings of one-run ball, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to maintain that consistency. He’ll need to be healthy to bolster the starting lineup.