The clock is ticking for Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who is rehabbing from elbow surgery.

According to a report by Canadian sports media outlet Sportsnet on Sunday (KST), Toronto manager John Schneider briefed the local media before the team’s away game against the Texas Rangers that Ryu threw a live pitch. “It felt good,” Schneider said.

Ryu underwent elbow ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery) on June 18 last year. At the time of the surgery, he was expected to require 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation, with the goal of returning later this season.

Ryu threw his first bullpen pitch on March 24, accelerating his return. Currently rehabbing at the team’s training facility in Dunedin, Florida, Ryu is making good progress in his rehabilitation, throwing his first live pitch a year after his surgery.

After his first live pitching session, Ryu will continue to work on increasing his innings and if he is pain-free, he will make a minor league appearance to check his condition. If all goes well, Ryu could return to the big league mound in the second half of the year.토토사이트

Ryu, who signed a four-year, $80 million free agent contract with Toronto in December 2019, has posted a 21-12 record with a 4.07 ERA in 49 games over the past three seasons. He is in the final year of his contract and will need to prove his viability in the majors over the next half-season if he is to make a late-season comeback.

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