After a 444-day hiatus, Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays) will attempt to turn back the win clock in search of his 77th career big league victory against the Cincinnati Reds.
MLB.com projected on Sunday that Hyun-jin Ryu will start for Toronto against Cincinnati at 2:40 p.m. ET on April 21 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In its game notes, the Toronto organization only revealed the starting pitcher on the 19th.
MLB.com identified Jose Berrios as Toronto’s Game 19 starter and revealed “part of the scheduled rotation,” which includes Chris Bassett on Game 20 and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Game 21.
Hyun-jin Ryu earned the start against the Chicago Cubs on April 14 with five innings of two-hit ball, two runs (unearned) and three strikeouts.
It had been 444 days since Ryu earned a win against the Los Angeles Angels on May 27 last year.
After undergoing left elbow ligament reconstruction surgery on June 19 last year, Ryu took the loss in his comeback start against the Baltimore Orioles on June 2 (four runs on nine hits in five innings).
On Aug. 8, he pitched four scoreless innings against the Cleveland Indians before being hit hard in the knee by the last batter of the fourth inning, forcing him to leave early.
In his third start since the surgery, Ryu threw a perfect game against the Cubs, dominating the opposing lineup to secure his first win in 444 days.
After the game, Ryu said, “I threw all my pitches as I wanted,” adding, “My rehab went smoothly, and I’m happy with my current status.”
Toronto welcomed Ryu’s return, keeping him in the starting rotation even as they cut one starter from their six-man roster to five.
Next up for Ryu is Cincinnati.
Through 16 games, the Reds have a team OPS of .744, which ranks 11th out of 30 teams in the majors. 메이저사이트
The Reds are in the thick of the National League wild-card race, so the team is motivated.
Ryu has pitched well against Cincinnati, going 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight career starts. Their last meeting was on May 21st of last year, when Ryu picked up the win with a six-hit shutout over six innings.