Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu had a setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery and will be temporarily shut down after experiencing soreness, per multiple reports.
The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu sore ajfter his most recent work. Backing off his planned assignments.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 29, 2016
Hyun-Jin Ryu backs off "a bit" from rehab after setback. Originally expected ready for start of Spring Training after 2015 shoulder surgery.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 29, 2016
Ryu experienced shoulder soreness after his last start, in because he hit 90 mph for first time in two years. Won't make his next start.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 29, 2016
It is unknown how long Ryu will be sidelined.
Ryu was scheduled to pitch Monday afternoon for Triple-A Oklahoma City at Sacramento, for what would have been his fourth start on the rehab assignment. He pitched four scoreless innings for Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Fresno, and initial reports were good.
"I saw him last night after he came back from the game, and he said he felt great and was really pleased with his offspeed pitches, and had really good feel for his curveball," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a conference call on Thursday. "It was a meaningful step forward."
The first two rehab starts for Ryu were with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, and saw him pitch two and then three innings, respectively.
Ryu probably needed at least two more rehab starts before he would have been considered ready to rejoin the Dodgers, for whom he hasn't pitched since the 2014 NLDS. But Friedman was also careful on Thursday not to commit to a return date for Ryu, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum on May 21, 2015.
"Our mindset on Hyun-jin is that as soon as he is ready to come back he will be in our rotation. When that will be exactly, I don't know," Friedman said Thursday. "We're just assessing it start to start, and each start has gotten progressively better."
Now, we wait.