Hyun-jin Ryu, who underwent elbow surgery, “needs 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation”

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Hyunjin Ryu (36, Toronto Blue Jays) underwent ‘elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery)’, which completely removed the left elbow ligament and then reconstructed the ligament with a tendon from another area.

Sportsnet Canada reported on the 19th (Korean time), “The Toronto club announced that ‘Hyunjin Ryu underwent elbow ligament joint surgery today’. did.

The Toronto club announced on the 15th that Hyun-jin Ryu’s surgery decision was made and said, “I’m planning to receive Tommy John surgery, which will partially remove or completely rebuild the ligaments. The scope of the operation has not been confirmed.”

Ryu Hyun-jin, who entered the big leagues in 2013, appeared in 175 games and posted a 3.27 ERA with 75 wins, 45 losses and one save. This year, he posted just a two-game winning streak of 5.67 due to an elbow pain following his left forearm.

Ryu Hyun-jin signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto ahead of the 2020 season. Hyunjin Ryu’s contract with Toronto expires in 2023.
The local media predicted that “Ryu Hyun-jin will only return in the second half of 2023.”

Ryu Hyun-jin has always successfully returned despite the previous three surgeries and more rehabilitation.

Whether or not he will recover after the fourth operation is still unknown.

For Ryu Hyun-jin, who will be re-qualified as a free agent after the 2023 season, this surgery is a challenge for a ‘major league career’.

Local media have a somewhat pessimistic outlook, but if Hyun-Jin Ryu endures another long and painful surgery and rehabilitation to recover his former position, he will be able to challenge his unfulfilled dreams, such as 100 wins in his career in the big leagues.

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