Ryu returns to action with solid rehab outing

Ryu returns to action with solid rehab outing

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu began a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday, making 22 pitches over two scoreless innings with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Ryu allowed a single to the first batter he faced, then retired six in a row. The left-hander had two strikeouts, two groundouts, a flyout and a popout. After he was removed from the game, Ryu made another 10 pitches in the bullpen.

"It went well," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He came out of it pretty optimistic."

Sunday's rehab outing was the first game action for Ryu since March 17, 2015, in the Cactus League. He's recovering from surgery on the labrum in his pitching shoulder, performed last May by team surgeon Neal ElAttrache.

The Dodgers said Ryu is expected to make about five rehab appearances as he builds his pitch count up toward 100. Ryu plans to increase his workload to 45 pitches in his next outing, Roberts said.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.