LOS ANGELES (AP) Hyun-Jin Ryu, sidelined since the beginning of the 2015 season, could return to the Los Angeles Dodgers as early as this week.
The Dodgers will decide whether his next start will be with the Dodgers or if the left-hander will make one more rehab start in his recovery from season-ending shoulder surgery last May, said Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president, baseball operations.
''We're going to assess how he's feeling today,'' said Friedman, who said he'll have a clearer picture Monday. ''All signs so far are positive, so we'll figure it out from there whether he's going to start here in his next appearance or do one more rehab start.''
The Dodgers have scheduled Julio Urias as their starter Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles, with Kenta Maeda slated for Tuesday, and Bud Norris set for Wednesday, said manager Dave Roberts.
Ryu made his eighth rehab start Friday night at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, allowing two runs on five hits in 6 innings, throwing 84 pitches in a victory. Ryu reached 90 mph and averaged 86 mph, Roberts said.
The left-hander has gone 1-2 with a 4.23 ERA pitching for Rancho and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
''I think anytime you go through a rehab process that last step is going against major league hitters, something you can't simulate in any other way,'' said Friedman.
''He's attacked the rehab process in a way that showed how much he wanted to get back, and each start he's gotten progressively better, which is what you expect to see.''
In his fourth season with the Dodgers, Ryu has a 28-15 record and a 3.17 ERA in 56 career regular-season starts.