Unlike Yasu-jin’s smooth rebuilding, Toronto, which had difficulties in forming the starting rotation, signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Ryu Hyun-jin (36) ahead of the 2020 season. It was a calculation to secure an ‘ace’ that had not been on the team so far and lay a bridgehead for the presidential challenge.
Ryu Hyun-jin met Toronto’s expectations by showing outstanding performance enough to rank third in the 2020 American League Cy Young Award voting. However, his performance began to decline in the second half of 2021, and he eventually had to go on the operating table in June 2022 to undergo elbow ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John surgery). Although not well known, cumulative elbow pain was constantly harassing Ryu Hyun-jin. It was in the second half of 2021 that he began to have a hard time holding on.
Ryu Hyun-jin aims to return in July. With his rehabilitation process going well so far, he plans to finish pitching preparations by May and start minor league rehabilitation in June. If he doesn’t have any major problems, he can complete more than six rehab appearances and return before or after the All-Star break. Toronto coach John Schneider has strengthened the ace, asserting, “If he returns in the second half, he will enter the starting rotation먹튀검증.”
Pitching coach Pete Walker, who knows Ryu Hyun-jin well, feels a bit more specific. “He looks good. Physically he’s in really good shape. I’m excited to see him again,” Walker smiled in an interview with the Toronto Sun. Coach Walker’s diagnosis is that the entire process follows the normal rehabilitation phase.
Coach Walker went a step further and expected Ryu Hyun-jin to be the best pitcher in Toronto this year. Coach Walker said, “Fans have yet to see Ryu Hyun-jin in top condition.” That makes sense given the circumstances. Ryu Hyun-jin has been experiencing severe elbow pain since 2021, and eventually underwent surgery in 2022. 2020 was a 60-game shortened season due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).
Coach Walker’s confidence is that it is not unreasonable for Ryu Hyun-jin to show an active performance for more than 2020 years if he is healthy. “The important thing is for him to get fit, to feel good and to put himself in a position to help us,” said Coach Walker. “I think Ryu Hyun-jin is a dedicated player. I’m trying to help the team at some point.”
‘Toronto Sun’ reporter Rob Longley introduced Coach Walker’s evaluation and said, ‘There is another big motivation for Ryu Hyun-jin in the last year of his contract with Toronto. The native of Incheon, South Korea, turns 36 next week, and if he returns and shows an effective form, he could play for his last big league contract,’ the prospect said.
Ryu Hyun-jin gets FA status at the end of this season. Ryu Hyun-jin draws the line that he “doesn’t think” about free agency, but if he shows good form in the second half of this year, a short-term contract will open the way for him to continue his career in the major leagues. A pitcher who already has a solid track record,