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.

Julio Urias

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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Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t expected to pitch in spring training now.

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.

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