Ryu Hyun-jin’s vow to return…”Redemption – I will get better”

Toronto coach Schneider “came back and contributed to the team”

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, reflected on his big league return and vowed to improve his velocity and pitches.

Hyun-jin Ryu started a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre in Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday (Feb. 2), allowing four runs on nine hits (one home run) and one walk while striking out three in five innings.

Ryu took the loss in his first start of the season as the team fell to 3-13.

It was his first start in 426 days since June 2 against the Chicago White Sox last year. After the game, Ryu told the Toronto Sun, “I’m very happy to be back, but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t do what a starting pitcher should do.” “I’ll try to do what I can,” he said.

On the day, Ryu’s fastball averaged 89 mph (143.2 km/h), with his fastest pitch reaching 91 mph (146.5 km/h). His pitches stabilized over the course of the inning, but his overall changeup struggled.

“I think my velocity can go up another mile or two (1.6-3.2 kilometers),” Ryu said, according to the Toronto Sun, “I didn’t throw it where I wanted to, but I think it will get better in all areas.”

The manager was pleased with Ryu’s performance.

After the game, Toronto manager John Schneider told the Toronto Sun, “Ryu took some hits early on as he navigated the Baltimore lineup. But he kept getting better and I’m glad he came back and contributed,” Schneider said.

“He’s a big part of the team, 고스톱 and it’s the same in the clubhouse. Everyone, including the staff, is excited to have him back.”

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