May 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers are considering surgery for injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has yet to pitch this season.

The No. 3 starter has been out because of shoulder inflammation since March. The South Korean left-hander hasn't responded to rest.

Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said Tuesday on a conference call he's been thinking for a while that Ryu won't return because it's easier to react the other way if he does.

Friedman says team doctors are discussing the next possible step for Ryu, which could include surgery.

''It hasn't progressed as quickly as we all hoped,'' Friedman said. ''It's not a totally clear-cut, black and white issue. It's more involved than that.''

Ryu was 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA last year. He signed a $36 million, six-year deal in December 2012.

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