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An MRI on Ryu's ailing back showed no structural damage, SB Nation reports.

The Dodgers held Ryu out of workouts again Thursday after the lefty experienced some mid-back tightness following Tuesday's bullpen session. However, Ryu has expressed confidence that the issue is not serious, and the results of the MRI suggest that is indeed the case. It's still uncertain when Ryu may return to elevated ground, but he thinks the injury will push his schedule back "a few days at most."

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Ryu is confident that his back issue is not serious, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ryu is currently fighting through a bout of mid-back tightness, which surfaced following a bullpen session Tuesday. The lefty continues to downplay the severity of the ailment, saying that he expects to return to mound work within a matter of days, but it still seems like something that could affect Ryu's availability for the start of Cactus League action.

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Ryu did not participate in in the Dodgers' workout Wednesday due to "mid-back tightness" following a bullpen session Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Ryu is aiming for 200-plus innings in 2015, and the mid-back tightness shouldn't prevent him from doing that assuming it doesn't turn into anything more serious. Still, it's worth monitoring in case something more does come of the situation. On the plus side, Ryu hasn't experienced any shoulder issues, which caused him problems late in the 2014 campaign.

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Ryu reported no issues Thursday with his pitching shoulder that bothered him late last year, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.Ryu's goal is to pitch 200+ innings for the first time this year. He'll slot in as the team's No. 3 starter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.