Dodgers’ Ryu-turns to throwing for first time after surgery

October 9, 2015
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws at a practice. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has begun throwing.

By Brian Han

Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin began his return to form Tuesday when he threw for the first time following his season-ending shoulder surgery.

The South Korean was shut down back in May when it was revealed he had a labrum tear in his throwing arm that could no longer be ignored.

The Dodgers had him tossing with teammates while maxing out at about 60 feet according to

“He’s got all winter through the throwing program and be ready for spring training,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told reporters. “It will be conservative at the early parts of it, and continue to build from there.”

As the team heads into their first postseason game on Friday against the New York Mets, Ryu will have to look on as a spectator, but so far the prognosis is bright.

“His arm was natural, and even though it was short distance it’s a very positive step, with no pain. The progression has started. He’s been working extremely hard, and he looks great,” Honeycutt said. “We’re really hoping the surgery was a success and he can bounce back from that and be extremely successful.”

Over his 344 innings pitched in the majors, the lefty has put up a 3.17 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP with 293 strikeouts.