The Dodgers made their second round of roster cuts after a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Top pitching prospects Julio Urias and Jose De Leon were the top names sent out; both were re-assigned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp. So was catcher Jack Murphy.
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 manager Dave Roberts will have eight fewer names to remember when he greets his clubhouse tomorrow.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The results, as told by a radar gun and his line score, were not kind to Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir on Monday.
That’s part of the reason why Kazmir chose not to pitch in a Cactus League game, where innings get long and fans groan and unflattering radar-gun readings tend to light up Twitter. Instead, the 32-year-old left-hander threw to Yasmani Grandal in a “B game” on the back fields at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox.
The game was limited to five innings. Each half-inning was limited to four hitters maximum. There were umpires on the field and coaches, executives and minor-league teammates watching from outside the park. There was also no cost of admission, making the mini-matchup between Kazmir and Chris Sale an unqualified bargain. Kazmir faced mostly minor-league hitters, so the results-may-not-be-not-typical disclaimer applies here.
Now, about those results.
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.