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Hyun-jin Ryu not expected to pitch in Cactus League game

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PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu came out of his 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday feeling fine, with no ill effects on his surgically repaired left shoulder, but a realistic view of his timetable has his eventual return to the team pushed back even further.

Manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday that Ryu is not expected to pitch in a Cactus League game while the Dodgers are in Arizona, which makes sense because there are only two weeks left at Camelback Ranch and Ryu threw only fastballs on Monday, and reduced intensity at that.

"When you're trying to get ready for a season, and you look at the timetable for Ryu, he's pushed back," Robert said. "There are guys we have to focus on that are going to be here. Where he's at with the training staff, we have to put more emphasis on the guys who are going to break for us."

Ryu missed all of 2015 after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

After Monday, Ryu's first bullpen session since Feb. 26, he is likely to throw another bullpen session this week, Roberts said. Given the relative infancy of Ryu's throwing progression and the long road ahead, his goal earlier this spring of a May return and 150 innings in 2016 is more of a pipe dream now.

"I don't have a calendar and you have to map it out, but a throwing program takes time. I'm not going to put a date on it, but if it were May, it's unrealistic at this point," Roberts said. "There is a progression that he and Honey and the training staff have to go through just to get a starting pitcher back."

With Brett Anderson out 3-5 months after back surgery and Ryu out likely at least the first two months of the season, the Dodgers will fill the back end of their rotation with Alex Wood and a group including Mike Bolsinger, Brandon Beachy, Zach Lee, Ross Striplng, Jose De Leon and Julio Urias.

"It taps into our depth, and guys have to move up in the rotation. He was a guy we had penciled into the top of the rotation," Roberts said. "You have to adapt."