Los Angeles Dodgers Ryu Hyun Jin Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
kpopluv, May 22, 2015, 10:29 a.m.
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers underwent a surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday. It was Ryu's second surgery, following a Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in 2004. The surgery was performed by one of the most famous surgeons in the U.S., Neal ElAttrache, at a clinic in Los Angeles.
It normally takes six months to recover from a shoulder arthroscopy. But pitchers, who rely heavily on the powerful rotating motion of the shoulder, need at least a year to fully recover. It remains to be seen if Ryu, who underwent season-ending surgery, can now get back on the mound as early as next season.
Hyun Jin Ryu is a South Korean professional baseball starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). In 2013, after spending seven seasons with the Hanwha Eagles of KBO, Ryu became the first player from the KBO to join a MLB team via the posting system. Ryu was also the first South Korean to serve as the starting pitcher of a Major League Baseball postseason game.