After returning from injury, Ryu Hyun-jin has won three games since his return. Some wondered if he’d be able to make a comeback, but after 444 days, he has.
Byung-min Yoo is a reporter.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who went down after being hit in the knee by a pitch on the eighth, was fortunate to escape major injury, but he was plagued by bad luck from the start.
He reached on a fielder’s choice in the first inning and gave up a double to Swanson, allowing two runs, though none of them were earned.
Despite the rough start, which saw him throw 31 pitches in the first inning alone, Ryu didn’t falter.
Keeping his 100 mph fastball to the body and his primary weapon, a changeup, outside the strike zone, he allowed only one hit and no more runs in the second.
Meanwhile, the Toronto bats came alive to support Ryu, scoring five runs in the second and three in the fourth.
Ryu took the mound in the sixth inning with an 8-2 lead, and was the winning pitcher in Toronto’s 11-4 victory.
It was his first win of the season in three games and his 77th big league victory in 444 days since May 27 of last year.
Ryu has been on the operating table four times since his high school days, but each time he’s beaten the odds. 안전놀이터
Especially when he underwent elbow ligament splicing surgery last June at the age of 30, the consensus was that he wouldn’t last much longer in the big leagues, but just like when he had shoulder surgery eight years ago, Ryu persevered through a long rehabilitation and got back on his feet.
[Manager John Schneider/Toronto:] It’s amazing. He’s getting back to where he was before the injury. It’s unbelievable considering his age, it’s not easy to do, and he makes it look easy].
With his win at 36 years, 4 months, and 20 days, Ryu also broke the record for the oldest start by a Korean big leaguer, passing Chan Ho Park.