GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Although Ryu Hyun-jin still has some pounds to lose and some English phrases to learn, his first spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers is off to a solid start.
Ryu made his debut for the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing a triple and getting a strikeout during one inning of work against the Chicago White Sox.
Los Angeles signed Ryu to a $36 million, six-year deal in December, making him the first player to move straight from Korea’s top league to the majors.
The 25-year-old left-hander appears comfortable in the Dodgers’ clubhouse with his new teammates. He’s also working to get in top shape after losing about 15 pounds already this spring.
He’s even working with Hall of Fame left-hander Sandy Koufax on his curveball.