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Hyun-jin Ryu takes 'step in the right direction' with 20-pitch bullpen session

PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu took a step forward on a busy Monday morning at Camelback Ranch, throwing his first bullpen session in 17 days as he continues to recover from left shoulder surgery that wiped out all of his 2015 season.

Ryu threw 20 pitches in his bullpen session on Monday, all fastballs, at relatively light intensity. But the good sign is that he was throwing off a mound for the first time since February 26.

That bullpen session 2½ weeks ago was Ryu's third of the spring but he was briefly shut down after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder. Ryu acknowledged at the time that a May return is more likely, with a loose goal of 20-something starts and 150 innings.

The Dodgers have been careful not to place a timetable on Ryu's return, not wanting to rush him, and noting that until he starts throwing more frequently off a mound and with more intensity, it's basically guesswork in predicting his return to the majors.

"Where he's at physically, he's ready to move forward again. How quickly he moves on, and how aggressive he will be with his comfort will be more telling," manager Dave Roberts explaned. "I can't say how long it's going to take. Today is a good step in the right direction."