Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy throw bullpen sessions.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy threw bullpen sessions Tuesday, continuing their rehab process.

Ryu is again throwing a bullpen session every fifth day, manager Dave Roberts said. Ryu suffered a brief setback in his shoulder labrum rehab earlier this month when he suffered a groin injury.

According to Roberts, Ryu threw all his pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) in a 30-pitch bullpen session and “repeated his mechanics, the velocity was good, and that was encouraging today.”

McCarthy threw for about 20 minutes at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery almost one year ago, on April 30, 2015.

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Ryu suffers (another) setback, further delays return to Dodgers

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s rehabilitation schedule was pushed back again, this time because the Dodgers pitcher has suffered a groin strain. A potentially vital piece of the starting rotation, Ryu’s original prognosis after surgery on a torn labrum May 21 was a return to throwing in spring training and to the Dodgers rotation very early in the season.

After the groin strain delayed the bullpen session scheduled for this weekend, he is no closer to filling a crucial role behind ace Clayton Kershaw.

“I think the whole time we thought we were going to have him back sooner, but there was a setback early in spring, middle of spring,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And then with this, it’s technically a setback. I don’t know how severe the injury is. We need him back, but we need him back healthy.” Continue reading

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Injury updates: Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal, Hyun-Jin Ryu.

SAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts provided updates on three injured players on Monday afternoon prior to the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres.

Howie Kendrick (calf) “said he felt great” yesterday, Roberts said. The second baseman will partake in live batting practice in the coming days, and Roberts remains “hopeful that he’ll be ready for the home opener.” The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks a week from Tuesday.

• Roberts is also hopeful that Yasmani Grandal (sore right forearm) can be ready in time for the home opener.

• Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice of the season either Thursday or Friday, Roberts said. Last week, Roberts said this would take place Thursday for sure, but Ryu hasn’t had a setback in his shoulder rehab. “Ryu feels good,” Roberts said.

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The Dodgers are creatively staggering the ‘innings clocks’ among their young pitchers.

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Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, could see his innings clock expire before a September call-up is possible. (Getty Images)

Along with today’s announcement that Ross Stripling is the Dodgers’ fifth starter came a bit of insight into the team’s strategy for monitoring starting pitcher workloads.

Stripling threw 71 ⅓ innings last season after his June return from Tommy John rehab. He’s on an innings limit this year that the team isn’t willing to disclose; Stripling guessed it would fall somewhere in the 100 to 150-inning range.

Regardless, the decision to start Stripling’s “innings clock” right away has consequences for the other starting pitchers on the organizational depth chart.

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