Ryu Hyun-jin to Start in Toronto Blue Jays' Season Opener

  • By Kim Sang-yun

    March 29, 2021 10:30

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays is slated to start in the team's season-opening game later this week. It will be the third time in a row he has started the opening game of a Major League Baseball season.

    Ryu started the season opener in 2019, his final year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and did so in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays last year.

    Ryu will line up against Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, one of the finest starters in the big leagues. But Ryu is not far behind him.

    MLB.com ranked some 30 opening day starters on Sunday, placing Ryu at sixth and Cole third. "[Ryu] has finished in the top three in Cy Young voting for two consecutive years now. The question, as always, is whether he can keep it up over a full season," MLB.com wrote.

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Florida on March 27. /USA Today-Yonhap

    Meanwhile, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is in his second MLB season, was scratched from the team's starting rotation as he has not yet fully recovered from tightness in his back. He is likely to make it back to the rotation in April.

    Yang Hyeon-jong, who signed a split contract with the Texas Rangers last month, continues to face uncertainty over whether he will even make it to the big league roster.

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