Ryu Hyun-jin heads to first spring training with Blue Jays

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“I feel great. Things have been going smoothly so far,” Ryu told reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. The left-hander threw off flat ground during his personal camp in Okinawa, Japan, last month.

YONHAP NEWS AGENCY

All Headlines 14:10 February 02, 2020S

INCHEON, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) — Toronto Blue Jays’ South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin left the country Sunday for his first spring training with his new club in a new state, confident in his ability to deliver the goods with a clean bill of health.

After spending seven years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ryu signed a four-year, US$80 million free agent deal with the Blue Jays in December. In 2019, Ryu, who led all of baseball with a 2.32 ERA, finished runner-up in the National League (NL) Cy Young Award voting.

As a Dodger, Ryu had his spring training in Glendale, Arizona. He’ll prepare for his first season with the Jays in Dunedin, Florida, with pitchers and catchers set to report by Feb. 12.

Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Feb. 2, 2020. (Yonhap)

Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Feb. 2, 2020. (Yonhap)

In this Canadian Press photo via the Associated Press from Dec. 27, 2019, Ryu Hyun-jin (C) puts on his new jersey for the Toronto Blue Jays during his introductory press conference at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Ryu is flanked by his agent Scott Boras (L) and Blue Jays' general manager Ross Atkins. (Yonhap)
Introduced in Toronto by the Blue Jays after signing four-year contract in December.

Ryu said he’ll first spend about three days in Los Angeles to take care of some unfinished personal business and will arrive in Dunedin, on the west coast of Florida, a few days before the reporting date.

“I feel great. Things have been going smoothly so far,” Ryu told reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. The left-hander threw off flat ground during his personal camp in Okinawa, Japan, last month.

“I’ll try to increase my velocity during spring training games,” Ryu added. “As long as I can stay healthy, I should be able to pitch well.”

Health has always been an issue for Ryu, who missed all of 2015 and then made only one start in 2016 with shoulder and elbow problems. Ryu has also been sidelined with injuries to his legs, groin, hip and neck.

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