Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Not Currently Expected To Pitch In A Cactus League Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to play their first Spring Training game on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, and are hoping to figure out the back end of their starting rotation over the course of the next month.

Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood are all vying for the final two spots in that rotation, but Ryu appears to be at a disadvantage. According to ESPN's Doug Padilla, Ryu currently isn't expected to pitch in a Cactus League game.

Despite positive early bullpens, the Dodgers will take it slow with starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Cactus League schedule starts Saturday, and as of now, Ryu is not scheduled to pitch in a game. “It is kind of contingent on his progress,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Ryu has had each of the last two seasons cut short due to injury. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in May 2015, then suffered a setback in spring training next year. He didn't make his debut in 2016 until July, then missed the rest of the year after another surgery brought on by elbow tendinitis after just one game.

In 2014, Ryu went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and had 139 strikeouts in 26 starts.

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