This is the starting pitcher for the opening game of “Ryu Hyun-jin of Fear,” and LG, the “defending champion,” is shaking

There will be no unexpected changes. Ryu Hyun-jin, the “Korean Monster” who returned, has been selected as the starting pitcher for the opening game.핑크알바

Hanwha Eagles manager Choi Won-ho said in an interview with reporters at Gochida Stadium in Okinawa, Japan, on the 25th, “Ryu Hyun-jin will play in the opening game. If there is no problem with the weather and the originally scheduled training schedule, Ryu Hyun-jin will play in the opening game.”

If the schedule goes according to Choi Won-ho’s plan, Ryu Hyun-jin will make his debut in the KBO League opener against the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on March 23. Ryu Hyun-jin will then be able to start in the Daejeon home opener against the KT Wiz a week later.

Ryu Hyun-jin is a pitcher who represents Korean baseball beyond Hanwha. After wearing Hanwha’s uniform as the No. 2 player in the second round in 2006, he posted a 2.80 ERA with 98 wins and 52 losses with one save in 190 innings until the 2012 season before moving to the Major League.

Since then, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 season and went through the Toronto Blue Jays to record a 3.27 ERA with 78 wins, 48 losses and 1 save in 186 Major League games until the 2023 season.

Ryu Hyun-jin then returned to Hanwha on the 22nd with a total of 17 billion won (including opt-outs and closed to the public under the agreement of both sides) for eight years.

As soon as he arrived at the campsite on Wednesday, Ryu threw a bullpen session. He rested for a day on Wednesday and only completed basic training sessions including running, catch ball and PFP (pitch defense training) without pitching on Wednesday. Ryu will start pitching live for the first time on March 1 after throwing another bullpen session on Wednesday.

Ryu’s pitching has already earned the passing point. He also described Ryu’s bullpen pitching as “art.” “He said he pitched lightly, but the ball ends well and the right and left rotation are accurate,” Choi said.

“If Ryu plays in the opening game, the number of pitches will be around 80,” Choi said. “I will manage the number of pitches Ryu has within 100 for the time being. Since then, I expect him to throw a maximum of 110 pitches from the middle of the season. Overall, I expect him to throw 150 to 160 innings as the first starting pitcher.”

Ryu Hyun-jin also showed positive reaction to the training after returning to the Hanwha Eagles. “I personally warm up in the U.S., but it was noisy and really fun as a group training for the first time in a while,” Ryu said. On the roster, he said, “After 12 years, I can see that the players are still having a hard time with me. I just want them to approach me comfortably.”

LG, the defending champion last season, seemed nervous at the news that Ryu Hyun-jin will take the mound. “We should reduce the number of wins (due to Ryu Hyun-jin’s return) this year by two,” LG Twins manager Yeom Kyung-yeop lamented when he met with reporters at the Arizona camp.

“I will secure one win among those two wins in the opening game,” Ryu said confidently. Ryu has 22 wins and eight losses with an earned run average (ERA) of 2.36. Notably, LG was also the opponent team of Ryu who had three hits, 10 strikeouts and no runs in 7.1 innings in his first game since his debut as a pro baseball player, and the most strikeouts (17), which Ryu set in May 2010. This shows how strong he is against LG.

Meanwhile, Hanwha lost 5-9 in a game against the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese pro baseball league, which was its first practice game in Okinawa. Moon Dong-ju, who started the game, allowed one hit, one walk and one run in the first inning.

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