Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) was very satisfied with the results of his third rehabilitation.
Ryu Hyun-jin started against the 안전놀이터 “2023 Minor League” Toledo Birdhens (Triple A under the Detroit Tigers) at Sailon Field in Buffalo, New York, on the 16th (Korea Standard Time).
Ryu Hyun-jin made his third appearance in the game after undergoing Tommy John Surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction) surgery last year. He faced the highest level of hitters in the minor league stage called Triple-A, but still showed off his robustness.
He threw 66 balls in five innings, recording three hits (one home run), four walks, five strikeouts and one run. The maximum speed of four-seam fastball (26 balls) reached 89.8 miles per hour (about 144.5 kilometers). Cutters (15 holes), changeups (13 holes), and curves (11 holes) were also in harmony.
After Ryu Hyun-jin’s rehabilitation, local reporters, including reporter Keegan Matheson, who is in charge of Toronto, said, “Ryu Hyun-jin had a great night in Triple-A on the Major League’s official website ‘MLB.com ‘. “I’m getting closer to returning to the big leagues,” he said generously.
Ryu Hyun-jin also expressed his feelings about taking the mound. In an interview with Toronto’s local media “Toronto Star,” he said, “I’m glad I played at a higher level. I could focus on more things, and do what I had to do. “I’m glad I was able to put it into practice,” he said. “I should have thrown at least 65 pitches.” “I wanted to deal with batters as soon as possible, and I’m satisfied,” he said.
During his long rehabilitation period, Ryu Hyun-jin lashed out at him even more. He tried to maintain his optimal physical condition by losing 30 pounds (about 13.6 kg) through thorough physical management such as diet control. He said, “If you get a little lighter (weight), it can be helpful. “I paid attention to eating, but it’s a natural result,” he explained.
Earlier, Ryu Hyun-jin had satisfactory results in two rehabilitation appearances. In the Rookie League on the 5th, he gradually raised his pace by showing 42 pitches in 3 innings, 4 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 1 run, and 4 innings, 37 pitches, 3 hits, 4 walks, 1 strikeout, and no runs in Single A on the 10th. And he showed another impressive pitch on the day, raising expectations for his return to the big leagues.