Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Monday, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.

With Ryu's shoulder presenting no issues during a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday, the training staff has cleared him to start Monday opposite John Lackey in St. Louis. It will be Ryu's first start since Sept. 12, but he's been great on the road this season, with a 10-4 record, 3.03 ERA and .236 BAA in 86 innings.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday and experienced "no problems before, during or after with his shoulder," Bill Shaikin of the Orange County Register reports.

The left-hander will be examined Thursday morning, but he appears on track to start Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS after making it through the simulated outing without issue. Ryu left his Sept. 12 start with irritation in his shoulder, but he was able to resume throwing eight days later and was back on elevated ground just two weeks later. Like the Angels, the Dodgers may end up going with a three-man rotation in the series, if the training staff indeed signs off on Ryu's return.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) will throw 45 pitches or three innings in a simulated game Wednesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ryu threw a successful bullpen Sunday morning, his first full mound session since suffering his mid-September setback with shoulder. The team is now confident enough in his health to return him to facing live hitters, and if he makes it through Wednesday's session without issue, Ryu will likely get the green light to face the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS next Monday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) said he is "optimistic" he'll be ready for the playoffs after a successful bullpen session Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu's next step would be to throw a simulated game, which could happen as early as Wednesday of this week. Provided he emerges from that workout free of setbacks, manager Don Mattingly will likely pencil in the 27-year-old lefty into his playoff rotation. He'd likely be the No. 3 starter, behind Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu threw off a mound Friday and has a full bullpen session scheduled for Sunday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ryu is gearing up for the postseason, and the bullpen session Sunday will put him another step closer to rejoining the rotation. The next stop would likely be throwing a simulated game or two before possibly taking the mound for the Dodgers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) played long toss before Friday's game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu won't pitch for the remainder of the regular season, but hasn't ruled out pitching in the postseason. He is expected to throw off the mound in the near future, which is the next step in the process of returning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) is expected to throw off a mound in the next couple days, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The left-hander has been slowly building strength in his shoulder on flat ground over the past several days, and it sounds like he'll return to mound work shortly. It's uncertain whether he'll throw at full strength in his first bullpen since his mid-September setback, but a successful session would be the first big step toward being cleared for a potential postseason start.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) remains unlikely to pitch again during the regular season, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports.

Not much has changed here, as Ryu's been working on a throwing program, but the team seems hesitant to bring him back until the postseason. Even if he were able to take the mound before the end of the regular season, it would likely be either out of the bullpen or in an abbreviated start, which would limit his fantasy value significantly.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) played catch Sunday for the second time since receiving a cortisone injection in his shoulder last Monday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu threw from approximately 60 feet, but didn't exert himself over 50 percent effort. There remains a slight chance he returns for one more start before the conclusion of the regular season, but he'd have to get through a bullpen session free of additional inflammation if this is going to be a realistic possibility. If Ryu is able to progress quicker than expected, next Saturday or Sunday would represent the target dates for a potential start. However, everything would need to fall perfectly in to place for this to happen.

Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 3 Months

Ryu (shoulder) played catch Saturday for the first time since he received a cortisone injection earlier in the week, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Despite beginning a sub-maximal throwing program this weekend, it remains unlikely that Ryu will pitch again during the regular season. The Dodgers are hopeful that he'll be ready for the postseason, but owners in single-season leagues may be best served by cutting ties with the southpaw.