Ryu Hyun-jin lands on 10-day IL after gluteal strain
Toronto Blue Jays ace Ryu Hyun-jin has been placed on the 10-day injured list after he was removed from a game on Sunday due to a gluteal strain.
Ryu left the mound in the fourth inning after throwing 62 pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The Blue Jays later announced he had a "minor glute strain."
Prior to his early departure, Ryu had given up three hits and stuck out five with one walk during his three and two thirds innings of work, leaving the game with a 2.60 ERA after five starts.
Ryu's addition to the injured list comes as a bit of a surprise as both manager Charlie Montoyo and Ryu himself had seemed confident that he wouldn't miss any playing time.
“I don’t think it’s an injury, I guess I was less tense than I should have been,” Ryu was quoted on MLB.com as saying after the game. “It’s nothing serious and it’s not something I’ve felt before.”
Montoyo described the injury as "day-to-day" on Tuesday and seemed to suggest that Ryu was unlikely to miss his spot in the rotation.
Yet despite those hopes, Ryu will now miss at least one start.
"Our hope right now is that he's going to miss a start and hopefully throw his next start, probably next week," Montoyo was quoted as saying on MLB.com.
"It's like what we thought it was with a mild strain, but because of the days off, he's only going to miss one start and that's how we see it right now. We talked to him, and he said he was fine with that. He could pitch next week in Oakland."
Despite struggling with injuries earlier in his career, Ryu has been problem-free since August 2019, when he was briefly sidelined due to neck issues.
BY JIM BULLEY [firstname.lastname@example.org]