After nearly identical seasons in his first two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hyun-Jin Ryu looked to take a step forward in 2015. He reported early for Spring Training and was in better physical condition after completing an rigorous offseason workout program.
However, as it turned out, the exception to that was Ryu’s ailing left shoulder that eventually required season-ending surgery. Nearly four months after having the torn labrum repaired, Ryu provided a positive update on his rehab, via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
Sixteen weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder, Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu says his rehab is “really going well” and he has not let himself get down about sitting out an entire season. “Nothing bad, nothing depressed,” he said through an interpreter. “Overall, I’m feeling really excellent. I feel relief, being pain-free.”
News of a torn labrum in Ryu’s shoulder came as surprise, until the South Korean native revealed it was a condition he pitched with in his home country and over the last two seasons; Ryu added the Dodgers were aware of the tear at the time he signed the six-year deal.
Considering the success Ryu had in spite of a bum shoulder, the Dodgers stand to gain next season from presumably having their pitcher at 100 percent for the first time in years. Over two seasons with Los Angeles, Ryu is 28-15 with a 3.17 ERA, 2.97 FIP and 1.19 WHIP.
He’s logged 344 innings pitched over 56 starts — 30 as a rookie in 2013 and 26 last season. Ryu is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training next year.