Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu began his rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga by scattering two hits over four scoreless innings in an 8-2 victory to complete a sweep of Lake Elsinore (San Diego Padres affiliate).
Ryu needed all of 13 pitches to get through a 1-2-3 first inning, which he bookended with strikeouts. Ryu collected another strikeout as part of retiring the side in order in the second inning.
He erased a leadoff single in the third by getting a lineout and inducing an inning-ending double play. On top of mowing his way through the Storm lineup, Ryu was efficient and at 30 pitches up to that point.
He labored a bit in the fourth inning, needing 17 pitches to get through the frame, but stranded a leadoff single and picked up a fourth and final strikeout of the night. Reports indicate his fastball velocity was in the 86-88 mph range and touched 90 mph on one occasion.
Ryu has been on the disabled list since May 3 due to what was described as a severe groin strain. The expectation was that the southpaw would not return until some time after the All-Star break.
The Dodgers have not yet provided specifics on a plan for Ryu, though it can be presumed he will make at least one more rehab start considering the amount of time missed. Prior to landing on the DL, he went 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA, 3.16 FIP and 0.88 WHIP in six starts.
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