Toronto’s Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, has outlined a timeline for his return to the big leagues. However, as the trade deadline approaches, the possibility of a trade for the outfielder, whose contract is expiring, has been raised.
Ryu made a start for Toronto’s Triple-A Buffalo Bisons against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on Nov. 16 (KST), giving up one run on three hits (one home run) in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks at Salem Field in Buffalo, New York. He also earned a passing grade at Triple-A, giving him the green light to return.
After undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in June last year, Ryu has been making good progress in his rehabilitation. In his previous rehab appearances, he pitched 3 innings of 4-hit ball in the Rookie League on May 5, striking out five and walking one, and 4 innings of 3-hit ball in Single-A on May 10, striking out one and walking none. In his Triple-A start, he threw 66 pitches, his most since his return, and upped his fastball to 144.5 mph.스포츠토토
Ryu is expected to make two more rehab appearances before returning to the big leagues. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Sunday, “Hyun-jin Ryu will need more time in the minors to increase his pitch count and refine his delivery. Coming back from Tommy John surgery is not a simple task.” Toronto manager John Schneider also said, “I believe in Ryu, but I want to make sure he’s fully ready. He’ll throw 80 pitches in the next game and close to 100 in the next game to build up.”
Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reported, “Ryu is entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million contract he signed with Toronto before the 2020 season. He could rejoin Toronto’s starting rotation or become a trade target.” However, Snider sidestepped his opposition to trading Ryu by saying, “If you have six starters who are performing well, you can use that to your advantage and give your pitchers a break or two.”