Ryu Hyun-jin was satisfied even though he was bruised and swollen Especially, change up
“I did get a bruise on my knee. The command was better than the last appearance, especially the change-up worked well.”
Toronto Blue Jays veteran left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (36) expressed satisfaction with the pitch despite the injury variable. Ryu Hyun-jin started the game against the Cleveland Guardians in the “2023 Major League” at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on the 8th (Korea Standard Time) and pitched four scoreless innings with no hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and no runs. With only 52 pitches, it was a pace that could be more than a quality start (more than six innings and less than three earned runs), but he was forced to be replaced because he was hit inside his knee by a hard hit.
The Toronto club said it was “a bruise on the right knee” and avoided major injuries. As soon as Ryu Hyun-jin was hit by the ball, he played defense and collapsed as if nothing had happened, and there was a question, but both Ryu Hyun-jin and the club said, “The injury was caused by the ball and is not related to defense.”
The situation in question was like this. Ryu Hyun-jin continued his 10-hitter streak until one out in the bottom of the fourth inning and was pitching well. After one out, he was able to continue his 11 consecutive batting streak with a rookie strikeout in the match against Andres Jimenez. In the ball count 2-2, the fifth fastball went well into the strike zone, and it was completely in the strike zone even more than the game provided by MLB.com .
However, as the referee declared the ball and Jimenez walked out with a walk, he was in a situation where he faced unfavorable factors for injury. Ryu Hyun-jin handled the next batter Jose Ramirez with a fly ball to right field and held out well until the first base with two outs, and Oscar Gonzalez’s fastball hit Ryu Hyun-jin’s inner right calf. Ryu Hyun-jin chased the ball that rolled as if he didn’t feel pain right away, caught it, ran to first base, threw it, and caught it with a ground ball. After finishing the throw with all his might, Ryu Hyun-jin collapsed, holding onto his right calf after being hit
Ryu Hyun-jin was a veteran pitcher who returned from Tommy John surgery in June last year after a 13-month rehabilitation process. Toronto coach John Schneider has been carefully examining Ryu Hyun-jin since his rehabilitation process last month. For Toronto’s fall, Ryu Hyun-jin was essential, so he managed it more carefully, but Schneider, who was surprised when he collapsed due to a hard hit, kicked the dugout and ran straight to Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin, who had been complaining of pain after collapsing on the ground for a while, fortunately got up on his own and even walked to the dugout on his feet. At that time, Schneider himself assisted Ryu Hyun-jin.
Regarding the degree of injury, Ryu Hyun-jin said in an interview with local reporters in the U.S., including Ardern Zwelling of “Sports Net,” “There was a bruise on the injured area. “It is not an injury caused by running or defending,” he explained.
Coach Schneider said, “We often joke around looking at Ryu Hyun-jin’s thick calves. Now he has two calves on his right leg,” he said. This means that the area where Ryu Hyun-jin hit the ball is greatly swollen.
Ryu Hyun-jin was satisfied with the pitch itself, although it was regrettable to replace the injury. He stole the timing of batters by properly mixing breaking balls such as changeups (11), curves (10), and cutters (5), with fastballs (26) formed with a maximum speed of 90.7 miles (145.9km) and an average speed of 88.8 miles (142.9km). The change-up had an average speed of 78.4 miles (126.1km), which was effective by throwing about 10 miles apart from the fastball. The change-up began to be used in earnest in the second inning, and Cleveland hitters almost missed Ryu Hyun-jin’s change-up and found it difficult to attack
“Ryu Hyun-jin recorded a four-inning no-hitter by showing his trademark change-up and performing much better at pitching avoiding hard contacts,” Major League Baseball pitching analyst Rob Friedman posted a video of Ryu Hyun-jin’s change-up on his SNS and raised his thumb, calling it a dirty change-up.
Ryu Hyun-jin said, “My command today (8th) was much better than the previous appearance. That was especially true of the changeups. I could throw a changeup exactly where I wanted to. “I really saw the effect of the change-up,” he said.
It is known that Ryu Hyun-jin even had an X-ray examination as a precaution. The exact degree of injury and recovery period will be known later 안전놀이터
Meanwhile, Toronto won 3-1 thanks to Cavan Vizio’s two-run home run in the final, winning four games in a row. It was the result of putting a burden on Ryu Hyun-jin, who was substituted early due to injury. Toronto cruises in American League wild card race, dreams of autumn baseball