March 13, 2017 10:11
After being sidelined by injuries for two seasons, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers took a giant step on the comeback trail Saturday.
In his first appearance since a game against the San Diego Padres on July 8, 2016, Ryu pitched two scoreless innings in an exhibition game against the LA Angels.
Ryu threw 26 pitches, striking out two hitters with a fastball and a slider. He allowed one hit with one out in the second inning. His performance was well received, both for the speed of his fastball and the control and angles of his breaking balls, particularly his slider, curve, and changeup.
Ryu was pleased with his performance, saying, "My arm is in very good condition. I was well prepared and I felt good throwing pitches."
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "This was a step in the right direction, and we've got to continue to build up his arm strength and he's got to stay healthy."
Ryu now needs to demonstrate durability, meaning there should be no pain after he pitches at full strength.
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