Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) is starting his rehabilitation pitching in earnest.

Canadian media outlet Sportsnet reported on Ryu’s rehabilitation on Thursday (ET), saying, “Manager John Schneider had a video call with Manoa and Ryu yesterday,” along with the news of Alec Manoa’s pitching training, who was recently sent down to the minor leagues, and that “Ryu is scheduled to face hitters through Live BP this week.스포츠토토

Ryu, who is training in Dunedin, Florida, the site of Toronto’s spring training and rehabilitation camp, began pitching out of the bullpen in April. He started pitching live about two months later. Now that he’s pitching full strength, his rehab has gone well. Once he’s finished pitching live, he’ll be scheduled for a minor league rehabilitation.

Ryu is aiming to return to the starting rotation in the second half of the season. Before that, he’ll pitch four or five minor league games to get his pitch count up, which is the last step before a minor league rehab start.

It’s like Ryu has just started spring training. The next month is expected to be a month of intense rehab pitches. His first minor league start is expected around the 25th of this month, working backwards from the July 15 opening day of the second half.

Ryu last pitched off a big league mound on June 3 of last year against the Chicago White Sox, and was designated for assignment by Los Angeles on June 18.

Toronto sent Manoa down to minor league camp and then sent Trevor Richards out to start against the Minnesota Twins on June 11. It was the first time a new face had replaced Manoa in a five-man rotation that had never changed. Richards pitched three innings of one-hit ball with one walk and seven strikeouts, earning him a promise of another start.

It’s unclear if Richards will continue to hold down the starting job, but someone will have to make room once Hyun-Jin Ryu returns from his rehab assignment. It will be interesting to see which of Kevin Gausman, Chris Bassett, Jose Berrios, Yusei Kikuchi, and Richards make the cut.

According to Schneider, Manoa threw 72 pitches in five innings in a simulated game on Nov. 11. After going 16-7 last year with a 2.24 ERA and strong enough stuff to finish third in the Cy Young Award voting, Manoa went into an inexplicable slump, posting a 6.36 ERA and being sent down to the minors after 13 games.

With Schneider ordering a “complete overhaul,” Manoa decided to start his recovery in the Rookie League. Manoah learned a lot from shadowing Toronto ace Hyun-jin Ryu during his major league debut, so he’s starting his rehab from the same starting point.

There is no timetable for Manoa’s return. “We have to do what’s best to help him get better,” Schneider said in a local interview shortly before sending Manoa down to the minors. That’s what we have to do from today forward. “We don’t have any immediate plans. But we have to mobilize all the resources we have, our staff, our colleagues, for him. We have to put all scenarios on the table. We have to help him find himself.”

Maybe Ryu and Manoa will be on the big league mound around the same time.

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