Ryu's recovery is expected to take around 12 to 15 months. This ends his 2022 season but also calls into question his status for 2023.
Ryu is 35 years old. Recovering from this type of injury is already difficult, but it's even more difficult when your body has gone through years of wear and tear. And Ryu has been a professional baseball pitcher since 2006 when he joined the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. Furthermore, Ryu's contract with the Jays is up after the 2023 season, meaning his time north of the border may be nearing its end.
Overall, the Jays have lost a valued member of their clubhouse and rotation. And it'll be tough to replace what Ryu brought to the team.
“When he took the mound, he gave us a chance,” Montoyo said. “Even his last outing (when) he was throwing 87, 86 (mph) and found a way to go four innings, that tells you a lot about what kind of guy he is and what kind of pitcher he is.”