GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he doesn’t expect pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to appear in a Cactus League game this spring.
Ryu, who hasn’t faced live hitters and only recently resumed throwing off a mound, has been progressing slowly in his recovery from shoulder surgery last season.
“Obviously when you’re trying to get ready for a season and you look at the timetable for Ryu, he’s pushed back,” Roberts said. “There’s guys that we have to focus on that are going to be here. I think that right now, where he’s at with the training staff, getting back, we definitely have to put more emphasis on the guys who are going to break with it.”
Ryu has said that he is targeting a May return, but Roberts admitted that timetable appears unrealistic.
“The throwing program takes time,” Roberts said. “I’m not going to put a date on when he comes back.”
Ryu is expected to throw off a mound again in the next few days.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 20 fastballs off a mound today, a small but noteworthy step forward in his shoulder rehab program.
“It was very good,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “It wasn’t all about the speed. It was more about location and how I felt.”
Ryu, who missed all of last season because of shoulder labrum surgery, had been limited to throwing from flat ground the last couple weeks. The left-hander still believes he can return to game action by May.
Why only fastballs Monday? Ryu said that his changeup and curveball don’t cause him any shoulder pain, but the 20-fastball session was simply the next step in his progression. His next date off a mound is to be determined.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are playing two games today. One is a regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch (lineup on the left). The other is a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox (lineup on the right). You might have heard of Chicago’s starting pitcher, a left-hander named Chris Sale:
You have just as good a chance of catching the “B” game on TV as the “A” game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here are a couple quick hits on the Dodgers’ group of injury rehabbers, courtesy of manager Dave Roberts‘ morning scrum:
Brett Anderson isn’t expected back in Dodgers camp for a week after undergoing back surgery Thursday. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brett Anderson can’t do anything right now.
That was Dave Roberts‘ response when I asked him for an update about the left-handed pitcher who underwent surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Thursday. Anderson isn’t expected back in camp for another week.
“As I understand it, he’s just supposed to kind of lay low right out of surgery,” Roberts said.