Hyun-jin Ryu’s (36-Toronto Blue Jays) return to Major League Baseball (MLB) has been pushed back to early August. With that, the possibility of a starting matchup with Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) is gone.
MLB.com reported on Aug. 25 that “Hyun-jin Ryu will not pitch against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend. Instead, he will pitch in a simulated game.”
After undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation after undergoing left elbow ligament reconstruction surgery on June 19 last year, Hyun-jin Ryu has made four live appearances in the minor leagues this month after pitching out of the bullpen and live pitches since May.
In his last outing, on May 22, he started a Triple-A game and gave up two runs on three hits (two home runs) over six innings, signaling his imminent return to the big leagues.
Local reports suggested that Ryu could return from his injury this week and start against the Angels on April 29. With Ohtani in the Angels’ rotation, it was expected that Ryu and Oh would face off against each other for the first time in more than a year.
However, Toronto decided not to send Ryu to the mound right away and instead had him pitch a simulated game. As a result, Ryu and Oh had to wait until a later date.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada wrote on social media, “Making a comeback start in front of a full house for Ohtani could put pressure on Ryu. 토토사이트 Instead, it might be better for the team’s starting rotation to start Ryu in the middle of a 17-game series.”