A healthy Hyun-Jin Ryu would be a “boon” to the Dodgers, according to Andrew Friedman.

Ryu’s fastball velocity hovers in the mid-80s, per Dave Roberts via Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.

It was the first day of spring training. While worthy of a red flag, it’s not time to panic just yet. Roberts said there aren’t any restrictions for Ryu, while Friedman said the organization is “cautiously optimistic.”

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the team will monitor Ryu’s arm extension to see if he’s “healthy or protecting his repaired arm.”

If the Dodgers feel Ryu simply isn’t up to speed, he could hit the 60-day disable list. Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA mentioned the possibility given that Los Angeles still needs to clear two spots for Chase Utley and Franklin Gutierrez.

Any production the Dodgers receive from Ryu is a bonus. The team has the depth to be patient and give Ryu as much time as needed to fully rebound – if he can.

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