It looks like we can all breathe again (for the time being, at least). Today Hyun-Jin Ryu took to the mound and faced off against live batters for the first time in 2017.
Ryu threw 25 pitches to four minor leaguers, and struck out the first three. Batter number four rapped out a sharp single. There was no word on pitch velocity, but I’ll take today’s events as a positive step forward in Ryu’s journey to reclaiming a spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Ryu himself reported that he felt good with his performance.
“I definitely want to be in the starting rotation from Day 1, and that’s what I’m planning to do,” Ryu said. “From the looks of it, I have a lot of confidence I can make it.” – Hyun-Jin Ryu
Other Spring Training notes:
Andrew Toles reported to camp a day early.
Scott Kazmir also threw to live batters today. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kazmir showed no lingering signs of the rib injury that ended Kazmir’s 2016 season prematurely. Good news for all.
Franklin Gutierrez arrived to camp this morning amid noise the Dodgers will have to make a move to clear up space for him on the roster. Late afternoon brought news the Dodgers did just that. They traded LHP Vidal Nuno to Baltimore for minor league RHP Ryan Moseley. A bunk is now open for Gutierrez.