Ryu Hyun-jin ‘passes’ his second live start…he’s back in the game seconds ago
Toronto’s Hyun-jin Ryu pitched four scoreless innings in his second minor league appearance.
He’s looking increasingly likely to return to the big leagues sometime this month.
Pittsburgh’s Ji-Man Choi homered in his return from injury.
Reporter Seung-Kook Lee.
Ryu Hyun-jin made his second career start against a Single-A team in the minors.
He pitched four innings, throwing 37 pitches, allowing three hits and no walks.
His fastball topped out at 142 mph, and 27 of his 37 pitches were strikes, showing off his precise command of his pitches.
After pitching three innings in a rookie league game five days earlier, Ryu’s steady performance in the two games he pitched in practice has put him closer to a big league return.
Local media outlets are predicting that Ryu will make two more minor league appearances to increase his pitch count before taking the mound in late July.
After undergoing ligament splicing surgery on his left elbow last June, Ryu has been throwing bullpen and live pitches as the final steps before returning to the big leagues.
Pittsburgh’s Choi Ji-Man is back from injury and his bat is coming alive.
A two-run shot over the center field fence. It’s his first home run in three months, since April 12 against Houston.
Choi also hit a two-run double in the ninth inning with his team clinging to a slim lead.
Thanks to Choi’s “multi-hit” performance, Pittsburgh defeated Arizona 4-2.
In the first inning, he led off with a double off the veteran Scherzer’s changeup.
He then came home on Machado’s three-run homer.
In the sixth inning, Kim hit another single to left for his first multi-hit game in eight games, raising his season batting average to .258.