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Ryu Hyun-jin pitches 5 innings of 1-run ball at Triple-A close to returning to the big leagues

The “Korean Monster,” Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, of the Toronto Blue Jays, pitched well in his third rehab start and moved closer to a major league return.

Hyun-jin Ryu started against the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A Toledo BirdHens on Saturday (June 16) at Salmon Field in Buffalo, N.Y., allowing one run on three hits (one home run) in five innings with five strikeouts.

After spending time in the Rookie League and Single-A to check his health, Hyun-jin Ryu made his first appearance at the top level of the minor leagues.

Ryu got off to a shaky start in the top of the first inning, giving up a solo home run to Justin-Henry Malloy.

However, he retired the side in order in the second through fifth innings.

On the day, Ryu threw 66 pitches (46 for strikes).

Hyun-jin Ryu signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto ahead of the 2020 season. After undergoing elbow surgery in June last year, Ryu has been working on his conditioning with the goal of returning in late July. This is the final year of his contract with Toronto.

Since his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, 고스톱 Hyun-jin Ryu has compiled a career record of 75-45 with a 3.27 ERA.

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