Blue Jays ace Ryu under the radar as he prepares for the season his own way

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Before there was a $150-million George Springer signing on with the Blue Jays, there was an $80-million Hyun-Jin Ryu.

While Springer made his Grapefruit League debut in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Phillies in Dunedin, we haven’t seen or heard much about the south Korean southpaw. Two weeks into training camp, that’s partly by design for the veteran Ryu, who will look to resume his role as ace on a rotation that could use it.

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Ryu has been getting his work in at the team’s state-of-the-art training complex and is doing it his way. He’ll get his games in as well, but is extremely meticulous about his preparation.

“He has a plan,” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He knows what he needs to do to get ready and he’s very focused with that plan.”

Between Montoyo, Ryu and pitching coach Pete Walker, a game play for exhibition starts will be crafted including a likely debut at some point this week. And rest assured that neither of the division rival New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles will see Ryu in Grapefruit League play.

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