Hyun Jin Ryu’s injury, why his contract was worthwhile, and the Blue Jays’ need for another starting pitcher

Hyun Jin Ryu might have made his last start as a Blue Jay.

Scott Mitchell of TSN reported on Tuesday that Ryu, who’s currently on the 15-day Injured List, will undergo surgery on his elbow. They aren’t sure yet if it’ll be a full Tommy John surgery, so the most optimistic timeline would have Ryu pitching in 9-12 months, but, regardless, he’s done for this season.
If Ryu doesn’t require Tommy John, there’s certainly a chance he could make a comeback at some point next season. But still, the prudent move for the Blue Jays, a team in a win-now contention window, would be to carry on and plan as though Ryu isn’t going to be back for the final year of the four-year contract he signed back in December of 2019.
It would be an unfortunate end to what started out as a great career for a very lovable Blue Jay, and it’s unfortunate that Ryu might wind up mostly being remembered for the games he didn’t pitch as opposed to the ones he did.
Even though they’re going to wind up having Ryu on the shelf for nearly half of the contract, the deal was still a worthwhile one to make because it signaled to everyone — fans, players, agents, and other teams — that the Blue Jays were ready to compete.
The team took a massive step going from a 67-95 record in 2019 to making the expanded playoffs in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and that certainly wouldn’t have happened without Ryu pitching like he did that sum …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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