Late in February, Hyun-jin Ryu said that he expects to be back sometime in May after having surgery on his left shoulder that effectively ended his 2015 season long before it ever began. As the Los Angeles Dodgers await the return of their prized left-hander, more news was learned today when it comes to him.
According to manager Dave Roberts, Ryu will not be throwing a bullpen session at all today due to him being still shutdown right now. However, that wasn’t all. Roberts went on to say that there still is no date set yet for Ryu’s return to his throwing program, and some might see that as the opposite of good news.
From Andy McCullough, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, shortly ago:
Hyun-Jin Ryu won't throw a bullpen today. He is still shut down. No set date for his return to throwing program, Dave Roberts said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 5, 2016
The stocky 29-year old left-hander last pitched in 2014 when he threw 152 innings and finished with a 3.38 ERA for the Dodgers. He also struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings during that span while walking just 1.7. He was quite good, and finished with a 2.59 FIP according to Baseball Prospectus.
That’s the type of pitcher that the Dodgers are waiting on to return to their rotation. While there will be some initial rust on his part, you still can’t deny his overarching quality and results that he has thus far presented to the team and the fanbase in a short period of time. He’s been worth the money.
Baseball Prospectus projects Ryu to start 28 games this season and finish with 168 innings. Both of those seem on the high side. However, they do have him finishing with a 3.29 ERA and striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. If those two things happened, this season will have been a success on that front.
Ryu is probably still on track to make an appearance late in May, so this really doesn’t detract anything from taking place. This is more or less just an update on how he’s been doing and a precautionary measure taken by the team to ensure that he stays healthy without reaggravating the injury.
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