blue jays left hyun jin ryu He will have elbow surgery, General Manager Ross Atkins told reporters (including Scott Mitchell from TSN Sports). It’s not yet known whether Ryu will need full Tommy John’s reconstructive surgery or a partial repair – it’s not uncommon for the extent of ligament damage to be unclear until the surgeon actually begins the procedure – but he will miss the remainder of the surgeon. 2022 season either way.
The former All-Star star has been on the injured list for the past two weeks after being diagnosed with forearm strain and elbow inflammation. This was his second arm-related assignment this season, as he also missed a few weeks between April and May due to a forearm infection. Unfortunately, this stay would last much longer than the first, as Ryu wouldn’t be able to avoid falling under the knife this time.
Ryu has dealt with some arm issues in the past, missing out on most of the 2015-16 seasons when he was a member of the Dodgers. He underwent surgery to repair a torn shoulder in May 2015, with that injury costing him all season. He struggled with elbow tendinitis the following year, which only made MLB start once before it was discontinued. Ryu returned to the field in 25 games in 2017, and although he has had a few IL spells in the years since, he has mostly sidestepped any arm concerns until recently.
After a 2019 campaign in which Ryu 182 threw 2/3 in a round of 2.32 ERA balls, Jays signed him on a four-year, $80 million free agent deal. Ryu was great during the first season of that decade, taking all 12 courses during the shortened campaign period and posting 2.69 ERA. His results took a somewhat noticeable step last year, as he hit a mark of 4.37 with 169 shots. Ryu stayed healthy apart from a minor neck issue in September, but he looked more like part of the throwing innings than a powerhouse spinner.
The 35-year-old hasn’t seemed to feel comfortable this season, possibly as a result of his battles with forearm discomfort. He worked out 27 rounds, hitting 5.67 ERAs with a low personal strike rate of 14.2%. Ryu also recorded the worst swing strike of his career (7.6%), and a UCL injury would cut his season short after just six engagements.
An exact timeline for his recovery won’t be known until after he undergoes surgery, but it’s possible that he actually threw his last show in a Toronto costume. The South Korean kicker deserves his $20 million salary balance this season and on a $20 million contract next year, the final season of his deal. If he undergoes a full reconstructive surgery, he will likely miss the entire 2023 campaign.
In the near term, the Blue Jays winners will now have to move forward with their rotation alternatives. Still a quality set, with an external signature Kevin Gussman And the star of the second year Alk Manoh Post excellent numbers. Jose Perios Struggled but not in danger of losing a rotating position given his track record, while Toronto signed an opaque record Yossi Kikuchi For a three-year contract during the winter. Swingman Ross Stripling He climbed to last place and did well through seven participations, despite being out of a rough spot in 2020-21.
Atkins has acknowledged that Rio’s injury makes him more likely to support the group via trade this summer (via Shi Davidi from Sportsnet). Unsurprisingly, he didn’t tilt his hand over whether they were going to look for a steady type from behind or prioritize a higher impact arm like the Oakland one. Frankie Montas or Cincinnati Luis Castillo. Toronto should have flexibility in payroll and at least urgency to check out a wide range of possibilities. The Jays entered play Tuesday in possession of the top spot in the MLS Wild Card but eight games behind the Yankees in AL East.
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