DUNEDIN, Fla. — When Hyun-Jin Ryu strolled to the mound at a frigid TD Ballpark here on Thursday afternoon, his demeanour was similar to what it has often been at most stadiums anywhere during his professional career. Read MoreHyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun.
The $80-million man and Blue Jays ace-starter-in-waiting may paint all corners of the strike zone with his wide array of pitches, but the calm precision in which he does his work is also a big part of his reputation.
So other than debuting in his Blue Jays uniform with No. 99 on the back and facing American League hitters for the first time, the specifics of his inaugural outing were of minimal concern. Let the record show, then, that Ryu logged two innings, threw 41 pitches and allowed three hits (including one home run) against a modest version of the Minnesota Twins, who made the long bus ride from Fort Myers.