Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who was removed from the game after being hit in the knee by a pitch, said the injury is not serious. He also expressed satisfaction with his pitching performance.
Ryu started the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday (Aug. 8) and pitched four innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and no walks.
There was a dizzying moment. In the fourth inning, he was hit in the right knee by a hard hit ball from Oscar Gonzalez and went down.
In excruciating pain, Ryu walked to the dugout on his own, but the Toronto bench decided it was too late for him to continue pitching, so they pulled him to start the fifth inning and brought in Jay Jackson.
The injury was not serious as it turned out to be a simple bruise, but Ryu decided to get an X-ray as a precaution.
According to Aden Zwelling of Canadian outlet Sportsnet, Ryu “got hit in the knee by a ball and it’s swollen,” but “it’s not something that’s going to affect his ability to run or play.”
Despite having to leave the mound early due to injury, Ryu’s pitching was flawless on the day. He used a mix of fastballs, curveballs, and changeups to complete a four-inning no-hitter.
“My command was much better today than last time, 고스톱 especially my changeup, which was right where I wanted it to be,” Ryu said.