With all the negative news in terms of injuries going around the stratosphere right now, it does feel great to finally get some good news as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers go. That good news came in the form of left-handed pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, and it had to do with his progression this offseason.
After dealing with a shoulder surgery that kept him out the entirety of the 2015 season, Ryu has been trying to comeback from that and at least make it back to the majors in a timely fashion. After his self-advertised May return was seen as unrealistic, he had a bullpen session today that was promising.
From Ken Gurnick, a beat writer for Major League Baseball dot com:
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a bullpen session today and finished up with his best velocity since shoulder surgery.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 23, 2016
This is absolutely wonderful news, and it should bring a smile to the faces of fans everywhere. It’s fantastic to hear that Ryu had his best velocity since he had that shoulder surgery that robbed of him a season in his prime. This just means that his shoulder is finally returning to full strength.
The real tests will come soon for him as he tries to change speeds, work more of his pitches into everything, and generally tries to get back out on the mound in any form that he can. He wants to pitch this season, and it definitely seems like he will be able to get out there just before the All-Star Break.
With all the injuries that the team has suffered to the rotation, getting good news is definitely welcomed. There’s no telling what Ryu will be like when he actually gets back out there, but for now this is definitely great to hear. Hopefully he keeps this up and is able to continually improve over the next few weeks.