Ryu to rest after feeling shoulder discomfort

Roberts says lefty hasn't suffered setback after missing 2015

March 2nd, 2016

PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is being given a few extra days of rest after experiencing some discomfort in his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Ryu, who missed the 2015 season after undergoing labrum surgery, hasn't thrown off a mound since Friday, and the lefty probably won't again for a few more days.

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the discomfort is considered normal and is not a setback.

"We're just backing off because he felt something, but this is all part of our cautious plan to bring him back slowly," said Roberts. "It's not a setback."

Ryu didn't sound particularly worried when he said he's "just following the pace of what they told me" after his second bullpen session.

"There's definitely no pain," Ryu said. "A little typical soreness. I'm very happy and satisfied with the timetable. Even after my Tommy John surgery [which he had in high school], there were good times and bad times. I'm sure the next [bullpen session] will be very soon."

Roberts said Alex Wood will start the fifth exhibition game on Monday. Brandon Beachy, Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee, Chris Anderson and Ross Stripling also could get into the mix to be the Dodgers' fifth starter.

The Dodgers aren't expecting Ryu to return to the rotation before May.