The American media was optimistic about Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who is recovering from elbow surgery, returning in the second half of the 2023 season.
The American media’MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’ predicted on the 10th (Korean time) that “Ryu Hyun-jin will be able to return before and after the All-Star break” in an article predicting the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2023 season 5 selection.
Toronto has secured four starting spots by recruiting FA selection agent Chris Bassett last month. The media said, “Alec Manoa-Kevin Gaussman, who had a great season last year, will continue his momentum in the 2023 season. Jose Berrios has had a disappointing year, but he has outstanding performance and a six-year contract extension left.” “And Bassett turned down a qualifying offer from the New York Mets and went on the market to sign a new Toronto deal for three years and $63 million. I became a member,” he introduced the 4th starter.
The problem is that there is only one spot left. In the case of last year, Ryu Hyun-jin and Kikuchi Yusei were included in the rotation, but Ryu Hyun-jin underwent an elbow ligament joint surgery in June, and Kikuchi could not play due to frequent ups and downs. Ross Stripling, who successfully filled the void left by Ryu Hyun-jin, left the team by signing a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants for two years and $25 million.
MLBTR cited Kikuchi, Mitch White, Nate Pearson, Thomas Hatch, Bowden Francis, Yosver Zulueta, and Ricky Tidemann as the five starting candidates. From players with big league experience to minor leaguers, we have listed all pitchers who can challenge the 5th starter. In addition, it was recommended to reinforce power through the recruitment of uncontracted free agents such as Johnny Cueto, Michael Waka, Zack Greinke, Dylan Bundy, and Chris Archer. 토토
The media limited the Toronto 5 starter’s mission to the first half. There was an optimistic prospect that Ryu Hyun-jin could return in the second half. MLBTR said, “Ryu Hyun-jin, who is undergoing rehabilitation after undergoing Tommy John surgery, seems to be able to return before and after the All-Star break. Therefore, those who occupy the 5th starter only have to endure the first half of the year,” he analyzed. “Also, even if Ryu Hyun-jin returns, other pitchers may be injured, so potential starting candidates are needed.”
Ryu Hyun-jin left for the United States at the end of December earlier than usual for his summer return and is undergoing rehabilitation. He said, “If rehabilitation proceeds without a hitch, it is likely that rehabilitation will begin in June. He promised to prepare well so that he can show a good image to his fans.” It remains to be seen if Ryu Hyun-jin will successfully complete his rehabilitation and will be able to carry out part-time missions rather than starting as a starting point for the Toronto 5 as an observatory for the media.