June 20, 2022 10:15
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin underwent surgery on his elbow last Saturday after struggling to maintain his form since the season started.
He received the so-called "Tommy John surgery," in which a torn ligament inside the elbow was replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. It takes 12 to 18 months to fully recover from the surgery.
This means he will be able to return to the Blue Jays in the latter half of the 2023 season, when his contract will be nearing its end. The pitcher signed an $80-million, four-year contract with the Blue Jays before the 2020 season.
This is the second elbow surgery for Ryu, who underwent the first in 2004 when he was in high school. He reportedly decided to undergo the procedure to prevent the injury from recurring and try to regain his form.
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