The periodic shoulder issues
His labrum was torn.
The problems began in the 2013
He pitched, but lasted only three innings and gave up four runs, though he'd recover in the next round.
Then, last season, Ryu hit the disabled list in April with what the team characterized as "shoulder inflammation." In September, he was shut down once again with shoulder issues, and he received a cortisone shot.
Along the way there were MRIs, and the team and Ryu insisted they showed nothing new.
The reason, Ryu disclosed at a Friday press conference, was that the initial MRI the team commissioned before Ryu's signing showed that Ryu's labrum was already torn. For the past two seasons, Ryu has pitched through the injury. The issues were just the ones that flared into the public's view and culminated with his surgery on Thursday.
"I knew about the tear," Ryu said through an interpreter.
When asked when, Ryu said at the first MRI, "two years ago."
The signing echoes the $51 million deal the Dodgers gave
Ryu, meanwhile, cost $62 million, including the posting fee. In return, the Dodgers have so far received 344 innings, 28 wins and an impressive postseason resume.
Ned Colletti, the general manager of the Dodgers when they signed Ryu, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Ryu said he hopes to be ready by