Ross Stripling throws four scoreless innings in return to mound.

We won’t update every increment of Ross Stripling’s progress from Tommy John surgery here, but today was a big day. Once a top-10 prospect in the Dodgers’ system, the 25-year-old right hander pitched his first competitive game since 2013 on Sunday for Single-A Great Lakes.

Stripling threw four scoreless innings in the Loons’ 3-2 win over Quad Cities. He walked two of the first four hitters he faced and allowed a single, but got out of the first inning without allowing a run by virtue of a double-play flyout.

Over the next three innings, only one runner reached base against Stripling, on a fielding error. His ERA remained a perfect 0.00.

The average age of Midwest League hitters is around 22, so a healthy Stripling figured to have success today. The news today is that he’s healthy — great news for the 2012 fifth-round draft pick.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.