In a spring as frustrating as this has been at times, you take and morsel of good news you can.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s recovery has been somewhat cloudy given how often and unspecific some of the updates have been, but this latest tidbit of news is the kind fans get behind.
According to Joseph Kim, Ryu has resumed throwing off a mound, which is great to hear in and of itself. When you add to it something he hadn’t done yet, even before that soreness kicked in previously, Kim’s update is pretty significant.
— Joseph Kim (@blackwings2011) March 27, 2016
Ryu throwing breaking balls involves slightly more twist in the shoulder, though the vast majority of the difference between a fastball and one with break to it involves extra twist and torque in the elbow.
Now, we’ll see how his shoulder reacts to the added twists and turns over the next couple days but as of right now, it’s great to hear Ryu and the team helping him back to full strength felt comfortable enough to take this very important step.
Given how the rest of the rotation has ailed over the Dodgers’ time at Camelback Ranch, they’ll absolutely need him back not simply as soon as possible, but at as close to 100% as they can, to hopefully avoid future injury issues.