Toronto general manager Ross Atkins, who recently visited Dunedin, Florida, where the club’s training facility is located, gave a thumbs up to Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto)’s rehabilitation situation. “There are elements that inspire us,” he added.
Encouraging means Ryu Hyun-jin is going through his rehabilitation process well. General manager Atkins put forward the premise that “there is no guarantee”, but “starting from next month (in the minor league rehab), I will be able to deal with hitters” with high expectations. Above all, he seemed satisfied that Ryu Hyun-jin was doing well in the scheduled rehabilitation program without any special problems.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John surgery) in June of last year, is overcoming a lonely long-term rehabilitation over a year with strong will and sincere preparation. He started the long toss program during spring training in Florida in February, and has been improving his condition by performing bullpen pitching in turn.
According to officials, Ryu Hyun-jin digested the 6th bullpen pitching on the 17th (Korean time). The boring stages of not being able to throw the ball have graduated, and now it is the stage of gradually raising the pace. There are cases where the joy of catching the ball is overdone, so this process is carried out very carefully. Gradually increase the intensity and number of pitches. Or, in some cases, repeating the intensity and number of pitches. When the ball is thrown, the condition of the elbow or the player’s feeling is comprehensively judged, and the next step is taken.
Ryu Hyun-jin currently throws 30 to 40 pitches per bullpen pitching. Early in his bullpen pitching, he throws only fastballs, gradually testing his elbows. If nothing goes wrong at that stage, he gradually increases the intensity of his fastball, then mixes in his breaking ball.
Ryu Hyun-jin finally threw his main weapon, a changeup, on his 17th. This symbolizes that he has had no major problems in the process so far. An official evaluated that although he was not 100% strong yet, “the control was very good.”
Rehabilitation programs are slightly different for each medical center and each athlete. Ryu Hyun-jin is old and has already had an elbow surgery, so he has to take steps more carefully than younger players.
In the case of elbow surgery, he usually pitches in the bullpen for about 8 weeks, and manages the condition of the elbow by giving breaks in between. If this process continues, Ryu Hyun-jin’s bullpen pitching will have about two to three weeks left. In the future, he will increase both his strength and the number of pitches, preparing for a full-fledged start to the field.메이저놀이터
The process so far can be said to have crossed the 7th ridge. After taking the live pitching stage, it is expected that the minor league rehabilitation will continue. General manager Atkins predicts that Ryu Hyun-jin will be able to start rehabilitation in June.
Rehabilitation begins with 1-2 innings and continues until 5 innings. It’s unknown how many rehab appearances Toronto will make, but it should still have five to seven games to play. Then, around mid-July, you will be able to weigh the timing of your return. It is the most hopeful scenario, and it is also the very scenario that Ryu Hyun-jin drew.
Toronto’s starting rotation is not as expected this season. I spent a lot of money and gathered good players, but the contents of these players are jagged. There is a lack of stability in the situation. The return of a healthy Ryu Hyun-jin is a good option in terms of adding such stability. This is the reason Ryu Hyun-jin hopes to go through his last rehabilitation process smoothly and come back healthy.