LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Wednesday, the team announced, but an official end to what has been a trying season for the left-hander.
The debridement procedure, which essentially cleared out damaged tissue from his elbow, was performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
The team says Ryu is expected to be ready for the 2017 season, but we’ll see.
Ryu missed all of 2015 and half of 2016 after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, a condition through which he pitched for two years and pitched quite well, going 28-15 with a 3.17 ERA in 56 starts, with 293 strikeouts and 78 walks in 344 innings.
After a long rehab process this year, Ryu finally made it back to the majors, starting against the Padres on July 7. He suffered the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in 4⅔ innings.
But that return was short-lived, as Ryu experienced elbow discomfort after that one start, and has been on the disabled list since with left elbow tendonitis.
Ryu threw a 25-pitch simulated game last Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, trying to end his season on a high note.
“He hasn't pitched in a long time,” manager Dave Roberts said last week. “It's more for him to build up in some capacity and have a good taste going into the offseason.”
Instead, Ryu heads into the offseason after another surgery.