Blue Jays’ Ryu Hyun-jin well on track for healthy season: trainer


SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) — Toronto Blue Jays’ South Korean ace Ryu Hyun-jin has been one of the best in the game — when healthy, that is.

There have been times over his major league career when the left-hander had trouble staying on the field. In fact, he missed the entire 2015 season and made just one start in 2016 with shoulder and elbow injuries. He has also missed time with injuries to his groin, hip and neck.

But this history doesn’t necessarily mean Ryu will be hampered by more injuries in the future, his personal trainer says.

“Ryu Hyun-jin takes great care of his body, and I’ll try to make sure he’ll have a healthy season,” said Kim Byung-gon, who was hired as Ryu’s trainer after the pitcher signed a four-year, US$80 million deal with the Blue Jays in December.

Kim spoke last week, after he and Ryu returned from two weeks of workouts in Okinawa, Japan. Kim, who has worked with the South Korean national baseball teams in past international tournaments, is replacing Kim Yong-il.

Kim Yong-il spent the 2019 season with Ryu when he was still with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he told the pitcher he wanted to stay in South Korea and spend more time with his family in 2020….

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