LOS ANGELES — Neither Trayce Thompson nor Hyun-jin Ryu are expected to make the Dodgers’ playoff roster. But that hasn’t stopped their comeback efforts.
Ryu will throw 25 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, his first mound action since July 7, his only major league start in 2016.
The left-hander made the long comeback after missing a year and a half following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and he’s currently on the disabled list with left elbow tendonitis.
Manager Dave Roberts explained the reasoning behind Tuesday’s simulated game.
"One part is to see where he's at. He hasn't pitched in a long time. An opportunity to potentially be on the playoff roster is very, very small,” Roberts said. “It's more for him to build up in some capacity and have a good taste going into the offseason.”
Thompson, who last played on July 10, is recovering from a broken back. He hopes to resume baseball activities in the next few days, which consist of throwing, probably from 90 feet, and some running.
After about three weeks away, Thompson thought he was close to a return before suffering a setback.
"The first week of August, I was ready to go, but then we tried to run and I couldn't really run,” Thompson said. “That's kind of the last thing on the menu.”
Thompson hit .225/.302/.436 with 13 home runs in 80 games for the Dodgers before the All-Star break. He knows he almost certainly won’t be playing in the postseason, but is trying to at least be close to ready if only as a personal goal.
"All signs have pointed to me being done. [The trainers] haven't said it exactly, but they have said it without saying it,” Thompson said. “I'm still working and I still want to do everything before the season ends. I want to do the best I possibly can whether I can play the game or working to get back.”