A smile is gradually returning 메이저놀이터 to the face of Ryu Hyun-jin (35, Toronto), who is passing through a long rehabilitation tunnel. It means that the end of this difficult journey is in sight little by little. The rehabilitation process is smooth, and the day to throw the ball again is slowly starting to appear.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John surgery) on June 18 last year and entered long-term rehabilitation for more than a year, is gradually increasing the intensity through rehabilitation in Toronto, Korea, and the United States. On the 17th (Korean time), on the first day of the team’s official training, Ryu Hyun-jin met with ‘Sport TV News’ and explained, “I am digesting the 40m stage of the ITP (Step-by-Step Pitching Program). I play catch once every two days.”
He passed the so-called ‘boring period’ where he couldn’t catch the ball at all, and now he checks the condition of his elbow by increasing the intensity little by little. Hyunjin Ryu explained his short-term plan, saying, “I’m preparing well with the catch ball, and now it’s going well as planned without any delay at all.”
Ryu Hyun-jin said at the time of his departure that he was aiming to return in July. Usually, the Major League All-Star Game is held in mid-July, but this year it will be held in Seattle on July 12th. It is the determination to return before and after this All-Star game, but Ryu Hyun-jin thinks that it is not impossible if he proceeds smoothly at the current speed.
Regarding the expected return time, Ryu Hyun-jin said, “Whether it’s before or after the All-Star game, I’m holding it that way.” By May, all preparations are completed, and the number of pitches and strength are raised one after another in the rehabilitation game in June. Considering that this rehabilitation game schedule usually takes more than a month, it is concluded that a return in mid-July is possible if there are no special problems in the rehabilitation game.
Ryu Hyun-jin said, “I haven’t been able to see you on the mound for a year. I will prepare well and prepare hard so that I can show a good image to fans in Korea once every five days from July.”
He need not be in a hurry to leave his seat. Toronto coach John Schneider met with reporters on the 17th and expressed satisfaction with Ryu Hyun-jin’s rehabilitation status, asserting, “I will join the starting rotation as soon as I return.” It is explained that Ryu Hyun-jin has priority over any other player as long as he is in good health. Since he has his own place, Ryu Hyun-jin just needs to complete his rehabilitation as carefully and healthily as possible.