He may seem like a distant memory in the minds of Dodgers fans as he hasn’t pitched since October of 2014, but once upon a time, Hyun-Jin Ryu was a very good pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His last outing was in the 2014 postseason where he went 6 innings and gave up one run in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. But as of today, Ryu is playing professional baseball again.
Ryu is slated to pitch 2 innings for the dodgers high-A affiliate The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. While Ryu has been cleared to pitch, he will likely have an extensive rehab assignment as his arm will take time to readjust to the rigors of a Major League season.
Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin rehab assignment Sunday https://t.co/M8FiAPI270
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) May 15, 2016
Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw two innings for Rancho Cucamonga tomorrow.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 14, 2016
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You may recall that Ryu was likely the league’s best number-3 man in the Dodgers’ rotation behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, going 28-15 in his time with the Dodgers so far. Given that the Dodgers have relied heavily on young starters like Alex Wood and rookie Ross Stripling, an experienced arm would give the Dodgers rotation a much needed boost.
While Dodger fans patiently wait for Ryu to get back to full strength, we can only hope that he comes back resembling the pitcher he used to be.