“The timing and possibility of Ryu Hyun-jin’s return are uncertain.”
‘MLB.com’ published an article titled ‘7 Teams with Work to Do Prior to the Opening Day’ on the 7th (Korean time). , he picked ‘the depth of the starting rotation’ as the homework for the Toronto Blue Jays.
In Toronto, Ryu Hyun-jin’s injury ‘Snowball’ rolled very big last season. Ryu Hyun-jin complained of discomfort in his left forearm while recording an average ERA of 5.67 with 2 wins and no losses in 6 games last year. And as a result of the checkup, he faced the worst situation of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and eventually cracks began to form in Toronto’s pitching staff as Ryu Hyun-jin was put on the operating table.
To fill the vacancy of Ryu Hyun-jin, Toronto began to appoint Ross Stripling as a starting pitcher, who played the role of a ‘yard key’ between the starter and the bullpen. Then the bullpen began to collapse rapidly. In addition, as Yusei Kikuchi’s sluggish performance continued in the starting rotation, both the starting and bullpen suffered.
After the season, Toronto started to reinforce its bullpen and starters. Toronto traded with the Seattle Mariners for ‘All-Star outfielder’ Teoscar Hernandez, and played 126 major league games (11 starts), recording 4 wins, 12 losses, 21 holds, 6 saves, and an average ERA of 4.13. Eric Swanson and left-handed starting prospect Adam McCaw had
The movement did not stop at trading. Toronto strengthened its starting lineup by signing a three-year, $63 million contract with Chris Bassett in December of last year. Bassett made his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2014 and is 46-34 with a 3.45 ERA in 136 games (123 starts) with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets.
He is steadily building up his power, but ‘MLB.com’ insisted that Toronto need to reinforce the starting lineup. The media said, “Toronto traded offseason Teosca Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and acquired prospect Dalton Barshaw. And although they lost starter Ross Stripling, they acquired Chris Bassett. But enough to surpass rival New York Yankees. Did they reinforce their power enough?” he questioned.
The reason I can’t help but question it is because of Berios and Kikuchi. Prior to the 2021 season, Toronto signed a 7-year, 31 million dollar (approximately 165 billion won) extension contract with Berrios, and held Kikuchi in his arms through a 3-year, 36 million dollar (approximately 45.3 billion won) contract. However, this is because Berrios did not live up to expectations with an average ERA of 5.23, 12 wins and 7 losses in 32 games, and Kikuchi 6 wins, 7 losses and 5.19 ERA in 32 games (20 starts).
‘MLB.com’ said, “Although Bassett is a reliable third starter, some questions remain about the Toronto starting lineup.” “Alec Manoa and Kevin Gaussman are great one-two punches. After recording an earned run of 5.23, it turned into a question mark, and it is difficult to expect a rebound.”
Continuing the media, “Yusei Kikuchi also struggled with an average ERA of 5.19 before moving to the bullpen. 메이저놀이터 The timing and possibility of Ryu Hyun-jin’s return from left elbow surgery are unclear,” stressing the need for more reinforcements in Toronto’s starting lineup.
Currently, Ryu Hyun-jin’s rehabilitation is progressing very smoothly. Unlike his previous years, he quickly went to the United States for his rehabilitation. It remains to be seen whether Ryu Hyun-jin, who is aiming to return in July after the All-Star break, can help the Toronto starting lineup from the second half.