“Unfortunately, Ryu came back out in the sixth inning.”
The Jays Journal, an American media outlet, pointed out on March 3 (KST) that the timing of Ryu’s (Toronto-36) substitution was one beat late.
스포츠토토Ryu made his comeback on the previous two days. It was his first major league mound appearance in 426 days since June 2, 2022. He took a five-inning, four-run loss against the division-leading Baltimore Orioles. The team lost heavily, 3-13.
In fact, the comeback itself was inspiring. Ryu was in his late 30s when he underwent Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament repair). It can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to rehabilitate, but Ryu came back relatively quickly.
This was especially welcome as Toronto was battling for a spot in the postseason.
However, the game didn’t go their way. Ryu held the Jays to three runs through five innings. He gave up a home run to the leadoff batter in the sixth and was pulled.
As the Jays Journal said, “Baltimore is one of the hottest hitting teams in baseball. If Ryu had only allowed three runs in five innings, most fans would have been happy with the result. Ryu got the job done.
The problem came next. ‘Ryu gave up three runs on eight hits in the fifth inning,’ said the Jays Journal. Toronto manager John Schneider has been known for his ruthless quick-hooks this season. He should have shaken Ryu’s hand after the fifth inning and ended the night on a high note. In the sixth inning, he should have turned to his bullpen.
Unfortunately, Ryu came back out in the sixth to face Gunnar Henderson, one of the hottest young hitters in baseball right now. Henderson crushed a home run over the right field fence to end Ryu’s night.
Ryu’s performance was both promising and challenging. His control was still there, but his velocity was down overall. “It wasn’t all bad news, though. Ryu induced five swings and misses with his curveball. His breaking ball and changeup were clocked at 80.7 mph and 85.5 mph, respectively,” indicating the potential for improvement.