Hyun-Jin Ryu begins his submaximal throwing program.

CHICAGO >> If a pitcher you’re hoping can start in October is only allowed to play light catch for less than 10 minutes on September 20, you’ve got a problem.

For Hyun-Jin Ryu, it’s a start.

The left-hander apparently felt well enough to begin his submaximal throwing program at Wrigley Field on Saturday morning. What is “submaximal”? In Ryu’s case, he tossed the ball to a bullpen catcher for 5-10 minutes while head athletic trainer Stan Conte watched.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the plan is for Ryu to “ramp up” his throwing intensity in the coming days.

Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton help Dodgers secure playoff berth.


Jonathan Broxton allowed a three-run home run to Russell Martin in the eighth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The Pirates’ victory means the Dodgers can finish no worse than in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final wild-card position.

Coincidentally, it was two former Dodgers who combined to get their former team into the playoffs.

The current Dodgers had no interest in celebrating Friday night.

“We want the NL West,” outfielder Matt Kemp said. “I wouldn’t mind having the best record in the National League.”

Dodgers 14, Chicago Cubs 5: Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game in odd fashion.

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A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.

Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.

Joc Pederson buys coffee for the Dodgers. Update.

Yes, that’s a headline.

Yes, this is the quintessential example of “rookie hazing” in the 21st century.

And yes, there’s a Starbucks close to Wrigley Field — right across the street.

No word on who ordered the “Oprah chai.” Enjoy the photo:

Update (12:10 p.m.): Starbucks’ official Twitter account (@Starbucks, total followers: 6.67 million) took notice:

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) might not pitch for the Dodgers until October.


CHICAGO >> Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left shoulder was hurting Friday morning.

The good news: The pain is from the cortisone shot Ryu received Monday — not from the inflammation that knocked him out of his last start seven days ago in San Francisco.

The bad news: Ryu hasn’t touched a baseball in seven days. He won’t throw Friday and he might not start over the final nine games of the regular season.

“Overall I feel a lot better than at first,” Ryu said through his interpreter Friday. “I’ve been working out, obviously without throwing and hurting my shoulder further. It’s a good direction. I can’t really say when (I’ll be back).”
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Bruce Froemming, Tommy Lasorda join guest instructor roster at Vero Beach.

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Tommy Lasorda is going to be a guest instructor at the Dodgers’ annual adult baseball camp in November. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former National League umpire Bruce Froemming have been added as instructors at the 53rd Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, from Nov. 9-15.

Instructors scheduled to attend include: Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Mickey Hatcher, Rick Monday, Steve Sax, Don Sutton, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager. Of those nine former Dodgers, all have played in at least one World Series for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers 8, Chicago Cubs 4: Today’s game story.

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Dee Gordon celebrates with Adrian Gonzalez after scoring on a single hit by Yasiel Puig during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ win against the Chicago Cubs. (Associated Press photo)

Big innings seem to be the Dodgers’ salve lately. Either it happens or it doesn’t. The last two days — at Coors Field, no less — it didn’t. Tonight it did. Click here for the box score.

Hyun-Jin Ryu had an interesting day. Bottom line: How ’bout that bullpen game against the Giants?

Hyun-Jin Ryu to begin throwing Friday, bullpen game Monday still in play.

CHICAGO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was scheduled to arrive at Wrigley Field late Thursday because of a delayed flight, manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers’ manager said that Ryu will begin his submaximal throwing program Friday.

To expect Ryu to start Monday having thrown only two days prior, Mattingly said, is “a stretch.”

Mattingly hasn’t ruled out rotating relievers through nine innings Monday against the San Francisco Giants — a “bullpen game” — which might be the preferable alternative to Kevin Correia or Carlos Frias, who was rocked Wednesday.