Placed on the disabled list May 2, which was retroactive to April 28, Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t taken the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers since his rough outing on April 27. Though Ryu met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who determined the left-hander didn’t require an MRI, it was reported Thursday Ryu had yet to resume throwing.
That’s since changed however, as Ryu threw on flat ground prior to the Dodgers’ games on Saturday and Sunday. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, the next step for Ryu before he can start in a game is throwing from the mound, which may come Tuesday, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register:
Dodgers are planning to have LHP Hyun-jin Ryu throw off a mound Tuesday. May not need rehab start, which would put him in MLB pretty soon.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 11, 2014
As Moura indicates, the Dodgers may not require Ryu to make a rehab start before reinstating from the DL, which deviates from how they handled Clayton Kershaw’s recovery from a similar injury. When discussing the inflammation in his shoudler, Ryu stated he suffered the injury in 2011, from which he returned to 100 percent after 10 days of rest.
Considering Ryu’s early-season workload, namely making a start in Australi, some were quick to reference that as perhaps the reason the lefty developed the inflammation; Ryu was quick to dispel the notion, however.
If Ryu is able to return in the near future, the Dodgers may suddenly get as close to full strength as they’ve been since the beginning of the season. A.J. Ellis is set to play in two rehab games, starting Sunday and Juan Uribe may be able to recover from a mild hamstring strain with rest.
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