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Ryu scheduled to be back soon for Dodgers

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a bullpen session here Tuesday and could return to the Dodgers rotation as early as Sunday.
Ryu, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, said he experienced no pain on Tuesday but wouldn’t commit to on if he felt he would be activated.
“I’m very positive,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “Every day I’ve gotten better than the day before, so that’s a good sign.”
The Dodgers need good signs when it comes to their starting rotation, and Ryu’s seemingly impending activation would be just that, although Ryu was noncommital on when he thought he would come off the disabled list.
“I can’t really say, but I think (Wednesday) will determine that,” Ryu said.
The Dodgers rotation has been cobbled together on the back end with injuries to Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett and then Ryu’s strained right gluteus muscle sidelined him.
Asked how difficult it’s been not being able to help the team, Ryu said being on the disabled list was “boring.”