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Hyun-jin Ryu to make minor league rehab start on Sunday

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu will take an important step in his recovery from shoulder surgery on Sunday, when he starts his first minor league rehab game for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Ryu is scheduled to pitch two innings on Sunday afternoon for the Quakes, who are in San Bernardino to play Inland Empire. Manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Saturday that Ryu would need four or five rehab starts to build up his arm strength and pitch count, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Ryu last pitched in a game on March 17, 2015 before having his 2015 season wiped out with surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. His last pitched game that counted was Game 3 of the 2014 NLDS.

He is not the only pitcher getting closer to a return. Brandon McCarthy, on the recovery from Tommy John surgery, is essentially one turn behind Ryu. After throwing bullpen sessions and simulated games in recent weeks, like Ryu, McCarthy will throw one more simulated game before beginning a rehab assignment, Roberts said, per Andy McCullough of the LA Times.

McCarthy last pitched in a game on April 25, 2015.