‘I was on a roll, and then it happened.
Ryu Hyun-jin was cruising after returning from elbow surgery when he encountered a ‘strange wind’. Danny Jansen, the catcher he had been working with since joining the Toronto Blue Jays, was placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger.메이저사이트
Ryu started the game against the Colorado Rockies on Feb. 2 (KST) and pitched five innings of two-run ball with Jansen. Although he didn’t get the win, Ryu played an important role in the team’s victory.
But it wasn’t all smiles. As Ryu walked off the mound, Jansen, who was still wearing his mask, collapsed. He was hit in the right hand by a foul ball in the sixth inning, and was removed before batting in the seventh.
It was ominous, and the news was not good. On March 3, local media in the United States reported that Jansen had fractured the middle finger of his right hand. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but the fracture will likely keep him out longer. This is a huge blow for Toronto, which is struggling to compete in fall baseball. The loss of their starting catcher is a huge negative.
Ryu Hyun-jin has been pitching with Jansen most of the time since coming to Toronto. He was the designated catcher. They trusted each other and relied on each other. Catchers are very important for pitchers. Some pitchers are insensitive to who wears the mask, but with Ryu’s style of pitching, where he cooks hitters with his fastball and changeup rather than using his power, his chemistry with his catcher can be key to his game. Even when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ryu used A.J. Ellis as his designated catcher because of his superior defense compared to his lackluster offense.
Ryu will now have to work with either Alejandro Kirk or Tyler Heinemann for the rest of the season. It remains to be seen how the sudden change in catcher will affect Ryu, who has pitched well in five consecutive games since his comeback loss. He’s only combined for four innings with Kirk, and Heinemann has no experience with the battery.