The road back for Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu has been a very long and difficult one. After missing the entire duration of the 2015 season due to shoulder surgery, the valuable pitcher is still on the road to a full recovery. It has just taken a very long time, but now there is good news starting to trickle in here and there. The latest news is definitely good.
According to reports, Ryu completed a bullpen session that spanned about 30 pitches on Tuesday. There were no issues for him following the bullpen session, and that’s something that you have to absolutely love to hear because it signals that he’s experiencing fewer setbacks as he draws nearer to returning to full strength.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder surgery) completed a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without issue. He will throw another bullpen session Friday or Saturday, manager Dave Roberts said.
The other good news is that Ryu is scheduled to throw yet another bullpen session on either Friday or Saturday, which means he could be ramping up to a full-time schedule sometime soon. Whether that means he comes back sooner than mid-June is entirely unknown, but he is drawing nearer to a possible return date during the 2016 season.
With Ryu back in the fold, the Dodgers would have yet another viable starting pitcher in their rotation who could eat up valuable innings and provide quality results. As it stands, the Dodgers are sixth in starters earned run average, and Ryu has a career 3.17 ERA in his 344 career innings. Those kind of results would help the team this year.