Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Wednesday Hyun-Jin Ryu won’t start in any of the remaining regular-season games and added Ryu was likely to throw from a mound in the coming days for the first time since being injured.
On Friday, Ryu was throwing long toss in left field and twice overthrew his intended target. Video of the sequence is courtesy of J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
After completing that, Ryu moved into the bullpen:
According to Hoornstra, Ryu threw 20 pitches with a better fastball than breaking ball:
Ryu's first bullpen session since his shoulder injury is over after about 20 pitches. Fastball looked more crisp than the breaking balls.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 26, 2014
With the Dodgers locked into the No. 2 overall record in the National League, the presumed plan is for Ryu to start Game 3 of the NLDS on Oct. 6. Assuming Ryu doesn’t suffer any setbacks along the way, he would have had just over three weeks to recover from the shoulder irritation.