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Hyun-jin Ryu throws off mound for first time since shoulder surgery

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Ryu, seen here in February 2015, is back at Camelback Ranch, rehabbing from his shoulder surgery.
Ryu, seen here in February 2015, is back at Camelback Ranch, rehabbing from his shoulder surgery.
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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu completed an important milestone on Thursday, throwing off a mound for the first time since his shoulder surgery last May, the latest step in a long rehabilitation process for the left-hander.

Ryu, back in the U.S. on Monday to continue his training, more than a month before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to camp, threw long toss at Camelback Ranch before then throwing off a mound in the bullpen area just outside the Dodgers clubhouse.

Daum Sports was there to capture the events, and posted several photos, like this one:.

Ryu said on Monday he hopes to be ready by opening day, though given the Dodgers' starting rotation depth they are in a position where they don't have to hurry him back.

But whenever Ryu is eventually ready to return to a major league mound, this was a key moment in the process, and it's a positive sign he got it out of the way sooner rather than later.