Played at a higher level”…Ryu Hyun-jin, who changed ’13kg loss’, was satisfied with himself

Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) was very satisfied with the results of his third rehabilitation.

Ryu Hyun-jin started against the “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 ‘ ‘. “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 the long rehabilitation period, Ryu Hyun-jin pushed himself further. She lost 30 pounds (approximately 13.6 kg) by taking care of her body, including diet control, and tried to maintain her optimal body condition. “(Weight) a bit lighter, that can help,” he said. I paid attention to what I ate, but it was a natural result.”

Previously, Ryu Hyun-jin obtained satisfactory results in two rehabilitation appearances. In the Rookie League on the 5th, 3 innings, 42 pitches, 4 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 run, and on the 10th, Single A pitched 3 innings, 3 hits, 4 pitches, 1 strikeout, no runs in 4 innings, gradually raising the pace. And on this day, he once again showed impressive pitching, raising expectations for his return to the big leagues.


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