Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays) will make his fourth rehab start, aiming to “throw 80 pitches or more.
Hyun-jin Ryu will take the mound for the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto affiliate) against the visiting Triple-A Syracuse Mets (New York Mets affiliate) at 7:35 a.m. ET on April 22 at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York, USA.
Sportsnet Canada announced the date of Ryu’s fourth rehab start on Sept. 19, noting that he will “increase his pitch count to more than 80 pitches in this outing.”
This means that Ryu’s return to the major leagues is imminent.
Ryu underwent ligament splicing surgery on his left elbow on June 19 last year and has been rehabbing for more than a year.
“My goal is to return to the major leagues in July 2023,” he said shortly after the surgery.
So far, his rehab is going according to plan. However, it is increasingly likely that his first big league start will be in early August.
Ryu pitched out of the bullpen in May, threw live in June, and threw in the minors in July.
His rehab starts have been good.
On May 5, Ryu made his first live start since undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in the Rookie League, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five in three innings.
On the 10th, he pitched well in a Single-A game, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout in four innings.
He was promoted to Triple-A and pitched five innings of one-run ball against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on June 16.
In three minor league appearances this year, he is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA. CBS Sports reports that “Ryu has struck out 11 and walked none in his three appearances,” suggesting that his mechanics are already back on track.
His pitch count has increased and his velocity, which is an important criterion for a comeback, has also increased.
In his previous three rehab appearances, Ryu threw 42 pitches on the fifth, 37 pitches on the 10th, and 66 pitches on the 16th.
His fastball was up to 89.3 miles per hour (144 kilometers per hour).
It’s also encouraging that his goal for his next start is “80 pitches or more.
When Ryu began his rehab start, the Toronto organization set a “benchmark” for him, saying, “We expect him to increase his pitch count to about 85 pitches before returning to the big leagues.
MLB.com felt that Ryu’s return was imminent, 카지노사이트킴 stating that “Ryu now has little left to prove in his quest to return to the majors.”
Local media outlets expect Ryu to pitch one more minor league game after his 22nd start for a final checkup before returning to the big leagues in early August.
Since breaking into the majors in 2013, Ryu has compiled a career record of 75-45 with one save and a 3.27 ERA in 175 career games in the big leagues.
Nearing the end of a long and lonely rehabilitation, Ryu is picking up the pace to return to the big leagues.