Hyun-Jin Ryu dealt with setbacks in his recovery from a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that cost him the entire 2015 campaign, but he pushed his way through the rehab to return to the mound for the Dodgers in early July. Unfortunately, his comeback was short-lived, as he experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow and did not appear in another game for the rest of the season. During the final week of the regular season, Ryu had an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow to remove damaged tissue from his elbow. It's expected that he will be ready to return during spring training, but with one start under his belt since the end of the 2014 campaign, nothing is guaranteed. If he's healthy, Ryu will take on one of the Dodgers' rotation spots, but he will need to show his pre-injury velocity in order to return to his initial level as a quality mid-rotation starter (3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP from 2013-2014).
Ryu does not project to be a part of the Dodgers' rotation to start the season, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports. It seems that Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood are in a better position to break camp in the rotation, in large part because Ryu has only logged five innings this spring training after groin and elbow issues delayed his Cactus League debut. Ryu gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four in his last spring start against the Cubs, and he takes the mound Tuesday against the Brewers for his third Cactus League start. The Dodgers undoubtedly plan to integrate Ryu into the rotation at some point this season, presuming he holds up physically, but he could be held back in extended spring training or be placed on the disabled list to start the season.
Ryu (groin) expects to be ready by Opening Day, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Ryu had been dealing with a groin injury throughout spring training but put together another solid outing Thursday, as he threw three innings and allowed just one run off three hits and a walk. He also racked up four strikeouts during that time. For the remainder of the spring, his focus will be on increasing his pitch count as he works to lock up a spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation.
Ryu (groin) made his long-awaited Cactus League debut Saturday, firing a pair of scoreless innings in a win over the Angels. He struck out two and walked none. Ryu's debut went about as good as he could have hoped after missing the majority of the last two seasons. Yes, it was a brief appearance in a spring training game, but the 29-year-old displayed the control that made him such a consistent fantasy arm in 2013 and 2014. Ryu's fastball sat in the 87-91 mph range, not far off from the 90.9 mph average he had back in 2014. The next step for the veteran southpaw will be showing that he can continue his spring success while stretching out his arm after a long layoff. If Ryu continues to have success while staying healthy this spring, then it would be hard for the Dodgers to leave him out of their rotation. He is worth a flyer in fantasy leagues in the event that he does win a rotation spot out of camp.
Ryu (groin) is expected to log two innings in Saturday's start, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. He will make his scheduled start Saturday, which is an accomplishment in itself, as his debut had been pushed back. If he can stay healthy throughout spring training, a spot in the rotation should be waiting for him, but that's a big "if." At this point, he is nothing more than a late-round flyer in deeper formats.
Ryu (groin) will debut Saturday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. He was originally slated to make his Cactus League debut Friday, and while he was only pushed back one day, this is in line with the trend of delayed returns that have become so common for Ryu over the past two seasons. Until he logs exhibition innings over multiple starts this spring, it will be hard to have any faith in the southpaw providing value at the outset of the season.