“It was a very different story for Ryu”
The “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays) is finally back on the mound. Ryu took the mound against the FCL Tigers of the Detroit Tigers minor league affiliate at the Bobby Matic Complex in Dunedin, Florida, on Friday (May 5).
The results were spectacular. He went three innings, striking out five and allowing one run on four hits, most notably a no-hitter.
His fastball was around 140 kilometers. On the same day, Scott Mitchell of Canadian outlet TSN said, “Ryu’s first rehab start went well. He looked very good and his fastball was said to be in the 87-88 mph (140-142 km/h) range.”
Another Canadian outlet, the Toronto Sun, also reported on Ryu’s rehab start and compared him to Alec Manoa, who struggled in the Rookie League. “While Manoa’s Rookie League debut wasn’t great, it was a very different story for his teammate recovering from Tommy John surgery,” said the Toronto Sun, referring to Ryu’s performance.
After struggling to a 1-7 record and 6.36 ERA this year, Manoa was sent down to the minors to readjust his pitches and made a start against the FCL Yankees (affiliated with the New York Yankees) in the Rookie League on March 28, but was shockingly bad, giving up 11 runs on 10 hits in 2⅔ innings. 안전사이트
Ryu, on the other hand, was a different story. “The veteran Ryu allowed one run on three hits while striking out five in three innings in his first real start since June of last year,” the Toronto Sun wrote, “The fact that he made it through his first start injury-free is a strong step in the right direction for the veteran, who was Toronto’s Opening Day starter in 2020 and 2021.” It was a positive sign.
He also predicted that Ryu could make his major league debut later this month. “If Ryu continues on his current path, a late-July return to the big leagues remains a possibility and would be a big boost to Toronto’s weak pitching depth,” the Toronto Sun wrote.