Ryu is expected to be 100 percent entering spring training. The lefty missed all of 2015 after undergoing shoulder surgery and made just one start in 2016 before the elbow flared up. Zaidi admitted that the Dodgers can't realistically plan to have Ryu as a mid-rotation anchor next season, but said that "if he's healthy, he's going to be in our rotation" to begin the 2017 campaign. Zaidi suggested Ryu wasn't especially close to his 2014 form when he returned in 2016, saying "he never got quite back to that level in terms of quality of stuff and velocity."
Ryu underwent an elbow debridement procedure Wednesday, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports.
With the surgery to remove damaged tissue from the elbow joint successful, Ryu can now cast an eye toward 2017. The Dodgers do expect Ryu to be ready to go for the start of next season, although that was the expectation last year too after the lefty underwent shoulder surgery. Ryu ended up making just one start for the Dodgers in 2016.
Ryu (elbow) threw a simulated game Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
There had been some speculation that Ryu could return for the playoffs, but the Dodgers have made it clear that Ryu won't be used for the remainder of the 2016 campaign. However, he is healthy enough for the club to plan for him to be available once the 2017 season comes around.
Ryu has made very slow progress with his elbow injury and it has been assumed that he wouldn't pitch again in 2016 since August. It still seems unlikely that Ryu would make any sort of regular-season impact, considering he's throwing just 25 pitches with only two weeks left in the season. Perhaps the
Ryu's lack of progress since landing on the DL on July 19 makes Thursday's development not entirely surprising. He began the season on the DL and his expected return date was routinely pushed back due to ups and downs during his rehab. Ultimately he made one start, allowing six earned runs across 4.2 innings right before the All-Star break. The expectation is that Ryu won't be back on the hill in a big league game until next season.
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