Ryu Hyun-jin Dreams of fall baseball with Toronto, but the reality is not easy… Why?
Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin (36) is going through a smooth rehabilitation process. Her expected return is mid-July. He won’t be able to play in many games, but if Toronto makes the postseason, that’s a different story. Ryu Hyun-jin also expressed his motivation, saying, “I want to be with my colleagues until October,” but some media’s evaluations are different.
On the 21st (Korean time), the American sports media ‘CBS Sports’ picked 5 teams that could be eliminated from the 2023 season postseason. The target is a team that played baseball last fall. The media cited Toronto, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians카지노사이트, St. Louis Cardinals, and Seattle Mariners.
Toronto recorded 92 wins and 70 losses last year, ranking second in the American League East Division. Due to the sluggishness and injuries of key players, it was difficult to achieve results. Yusei Kikuchi, who was recruited during the off-season, struggled with his first pitch, and Ryu Hyun-jin also left during the season due to an elbow injury. Meanwhile, manager Charlie Montoyo was fired. However, Toronto overcame the difficulties and stepped on the stage of the postseason.
Toronto suffered a blow to Seattle in the wild card match. During the winter, they started to reinforce their power. Free agent pitcher Chris Bassitt was signed for three years and $63 million, and three-time Gold Glove award-winning outfielder Kevin Kiermeyer was signed for one year and $9 million.
Although the player base has grown, it is more urgent to exert existing resources such as Kikuchi and Jose Berrios. Kikuchi was sluggish last year with an average ERA of 5.19 with 6 wins and 7 losses. Berrios, who was followed by Seung-woon, posted 12 wins (7 losses) with an ERA of 5.23. The media pointed out that ‘Toronto has to achieve a lot from Kikuchi and Berrios’, otherwise they will be eliminated from the postseason.
On the same day, Ryu Hyun-jin said in an interview with MLB.com, “I plan to return in July. If the team plays the postseason, I hope to be able to play with the players until October.” “We are not a young team anymore. He expressed his desire to play fall baseball with his teammates, saying, “I have accumulated experience over the years. I know what role each player has to play.”
In order for Ryu Hyun-jin’s wish to come true, the existing pitching staff needs to be active. At the end of this year, Ryu Hyun-jin and Toronto’s four-year contract ends. It means that Ryu Hyun-jin’s appearance in the Toronto uniform could be the last. Overturning the expectations of the local media, attention is focusing on whether Ryu Hyun-jin will be able to stir up the autumn stage with Toronto players.