Rehabbing Dodgers' pitcher to train in Japan
By Yoo Jee-ho
SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Los Angeles Dodgers' left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin will continue his rehab from elbow surgery in Japan, his agency said Wednesday.
Seoul-based A-Spec Corp. said Ryu will depart for Okinawa on Friday to set up camp with his former Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) teammate, Hanwha Eagles' right-hander Jang Min-jae.
"Ryu will be working out on his own for three weeks," the agency said. "He wants to get into better form before leaving for Arizona in late January."
Ryu, who made his big league debut in 2013, has appeared in just one game over the past two seasons due to injuries. He missed the entire 2015 season after a shoulder surgery in May that year. He returned to action on July 7 last year against the San Diego Padres, but was touched for six earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. That would be the only start he'd make in 2016, as lingering pain sidelined him again.
Ryu then underwent a left elbow debridement procedure in September, with hopes of joining the Dodgers' spring training at 100 percent.
The former KBO MVP won 14 games in each of his first two major league seasons as the team's No. 3 starter behind two Cy Young Award winners, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Ryu, 29, signed a six-year, US$36 million deal before the 2013 season. He is under contract through 2018 but can opt out in 2017 if he pitches 750 innings combined from 2013 to 2017. He's stuck at 344 innings.