Ryu was impressive in throwing batting practice Friday and there was speculation he would return to game action as the next step in his training regimen. Evidently, it appears the
Ryu was impressive in throwing a live batting practice session Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said he saw "no negatives" and that Ryu should be ready to pitch in a game next. The team hasn't decided whether it will be a simulated or Cactus League game, but it's great news either way. Ryu is expected to be ready to rejoin the rotation by Opening Day, as he attempts to return to his prior form.
Ryu is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
A successful outing could place him in line for spring game work in the near future. He's reportedly pain-free and sitting in the mid-80s with his four-seam fastball. The Dodgers' crowded rotation battle won't keep him from earning a spot if he's healthy by Opening Day.
Ryu is slated to throw another live BP session this week, and if he comes through well, he could pitch in a game as the next step, the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports.
Ryu is pain-free and has been throwing bullpen sessions, sitting in the mid-80s with his fastball, as he works this spring to build up arm strength for the upcoming season. He does not like throwing on the side, so pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was encouraged by his desire to get back out there for another session this week. If he makes it through the spring in tact, a big-league rotation spot should be waiting for him.
Manager Dave Roberts says he expects Ryu to pitch in games later this spring, but there is no definitive schedule, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Ryu has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons, including an elbow ailment that sidelined his 2016 campaign. GM Farhan Zaidi said this offseason that if the left-hander was healthy he would be in the rotation and, so far, this has been the case. Ryu's fastball has reached the mid-80s during his bullpen sessions this spring, but it's too early to make assumptions without a timetable. Depending on how he progresses, his first game action could come in the minor leagues.
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