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Hyun-Jin Ryu earns spot in Dodgers rotation after two seasons on shelf

Hyun-Jin Ryu earns spot in Dodgers rotation after two seasons on shelf

For 676 days, from the time he underwent shoulder surgery May 21, 2015, until Monday, Hyun-Jin Ryu resided in limbo within the Dodgers organization. He was either too unsound to pitch or too unreliable to be trusted. He entered this spring still in that state, as a wild card in a crowded field vying for the final spots in the starting rotation.

On Monday, after Ryu gave up three runs on two home runs in five innings of a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts removed Ryu from shoulder-related purgatory. Barring a setback in the next week, Ryu will break camp as a member of the rotation for the first time since 2014.

“We feel that a healthy...

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