With Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) facing a second elbow surgery, Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto) has emerged as one of Ohtani’s role models.
Ohtani, a two-hitter, has been sidelined with a torn ligament in his right elbow. He has been pinch-hitting, but is expected to go under the knife soon.
“If Ohtani undergoes a second Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction), his return may be more difficult than the first,” the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. “Second elbow surgeries are often more complicated than the first and can take longer to recover from. However, the chances of success for a second elbow surgery have improved and are now around 60 to 70 percent.”
As proof, he pointed to pitchers who have successfully returned to the field after undergoing two elbow ligament splicing surgeries. The Associated Press listed Ryu alongside Texas’ Nathan Eovaldi and the Chicago Cubs’ Jamison Taion. Ibaldi had elbow surgery in 2016 and 2019 and is 11-3 with a 2.69 ERA this season. Taion underwent surgery in 2014 and 2019 and is 7-9 with a 5.62 ERA this season, but went 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA last season.
Ryu is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts since his return. While he still doesn’t have the velocity he had in his prime, he has been able to keep hitters off-balance with his excellent command and variety of pitches. The American media has been surprised by Ryu’s performance.바카라사이트
After undergoing two elbow ligament reconstruction surgeries, Ryu has been one of the most impressive pitchers since returning from the disabled list, which should motivate Ohtani.