Hyun-Jin Ryu throws four shutout innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu came one step closer to punching his ticket to Los Angeles on Wednesday, throwing four shutout innings in his first rehabilitation start with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ryu needed 55 pitches to complete the task, throwing 40 strikes. He allowed three singles, one double, walked none and struck out three batters.

After making two rehab starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Ryu was scheduled to throw up to 60 pitches in his Triple-A debut. His next start, tentatively scheduled for next Monday in Sacramento, figures to come with a 75-pitch limit.

Ryu hasn’t pitched this season as he recovers from surgery on his left shoulder labrum, performed last year.

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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.