Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the practice field on Friday and resumed throwing after missing two days with mid-back stiffness.

Ryu said he made about 35 throws from 60 feet in a game of light catch and reported no ill effects. His back stiffened up after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

Ryu reiterated that he should be back on a normal throwing schedule soon and was "not worried at all" about being ready for the start of the season.

He was sidelined twice last year, once for shoulder fatigue and once with a strained glute muscle.

Ken Gurnick is the Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.