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 Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws to first base during camp at Camelback Ranch. Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws to first base during camp at Camelback Ranch. Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

LOS ANGELES: Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin pitched two innings of batting practice on Saturday and said he’s “very confident” he’ll be ready for the start of the Major League Baseball season.

Ryu, who has been battling mid-back stiffness, said he felt “great” after the session at the Dodgers’ training facility in Arizona.

If Ryu comes out of the workout without a setback, he is tentatively scheduled to make his first Spring Training start on Thursday against San Diego.

Facing minor-league hitters, Ryu made 36 pitches and said his balance was “a little off” in the first inning, but he was happy that most of his pitches were low in the strike zone.

Ryu had been held out of workouts early in training camp with stiffness in his back.

The South Korean pitched 192 innings in 2013, his first season in the majors, but was limited to 152 innings last year, as he was sidelined for extended periods with a strained buttock muscle and irritated left shoulder. -AFP

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