Toronto local reactions to Ryu Hyun-jin (36)’s declaration of return in July are half concerned and half thrilled. Even if you think positively, why is Toronto excited in a half-season that lasts three months at the most?
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, announced on the 7th (Korean time) that Toronto is one of the 7 teams that have work to do before the opening game and that “the starting rotation needs to be given depth.”
Toronto signed veteran right-hander Chris Bassett to a three-year, $63 million free agent deal this winter. At the same time, with Alec Manoa, Kevin Gaussman, and Bassett, he became solid until the third start. The problem is after that. MLB.com pointed out, “Toronto may not be worse than last year (with Bassett’s acquisition), but is it enough to outrun rival New York Yankees?” However, Jose Berrios, who had an ERA of 5.23 last year, is a major question mark for Toronto. Given his expected ERA (xERA) of 5.11 last year, it is difficult to expect a rebound. He pointed out that only once (2018) had an xERA below 4 points.”
The same goes for Yusei Kikuchi, who was the ace representing Japan. He had a failing grade as a starter with a 5.19 ERA before being demoted to the bullpen last year. MLB.com mentioned this and also reported the news of Ryu Hyun-jin, saying, “The timing and possibility of Ryu Hyun-jin’s return after undergoing left elbow surgery are uncertain.”
As such, Toronto is unstable after the third selection, so the return of ‘past ace’ Ryu Hyun-jin is enough to excite the fans. Recently, another American media SI reported the news of Ryu Hyun-jin, who wants to return in July, and said, “Toronto will not consider Ryu Hyun-jin’s option to play as a bullpen. will not be given,” he predicted in August at the earliest.
At the same time, he did not hide his expectations, saying, “If Ryu Hyun-jin is healthy and ready to compete, we will be able to see Toronto’s number 99 for the last time.” After advancing to the major leagues in 2013, Ryu Hyun-jin has been criticized for his durability, but has shown more than a good 3 starters.. During the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was out for more than two months due to a groin injury in the middle of the 2018 season, but after returning, he was 1 starter with an average ERA of 1.88 in 9 games. The 2021 season, which was somewhat sluggish with an ERA of 4.37, also contributed to the team’s victory by winning the most wins (14) in the team.
Above all, his will toward the final year of the four-year contract is very strong. Ryu Hyun-jin in June of last year Although he underwent elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery), he aimed to return in July of this year. The typical rehabilitation period for pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery is 1 to 1 year and 6 months. There are pitchers who return after one year. , Most of them focus on slowly learning the sense of actual combat rather than pitching in. It is not easy for veterans.
Ryu Hyun-jin got on a plane to the U.S. last month and started preparing for the season early. It is the willpower that made a comeback despite a fatal joint and labrum injury for a pitcher and placed second in the National League Cy Young Award. If his challenge is successful this time, it is highly likely that it will be a rain for Toronto, which is in the midst of fierce competition for rankings.메이저놀이터