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Signs point to Ryu returning Monday

PHOENIX – Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a light bullpen session before Tuesday night’s game in Arizona to test his strained right buttock. If all goes well in the coming days, it appears he will return from the disabled list to pitch Monday against the Washington Nationals.

“I felt no pain,” Ryu said through an interpreter.

The next step is to throw to hitters Wednesday and simulate resting between innings and getting back up to pitch. The Dodgers already have starters lined up for Friday and Saturday -- Dan Haren and Zack Greinke. They could use Ryu on Sunday in San Diego. But indications are they’ll go with Roberto Hernandez there and use Ryu on Monday when 25-man rosters expand, avoiding having to make a roster move. The Dodgers are intent on getting Clayton Kershaw an extra day to rest after his Wednesday start, so they’ll need both Ryu and Hernandez to pitch in those two games in some order.

Mattingly said the Sept. 1 roster situation could affect Ryu’s return date.

“It could be this weekend, but we’re not putting any kind of artificial timetable on it until he comes through tomorrow,” Mattingly said.

Ryu has had two stints on the disabled list. The first was due to a sore left shoulder, so perhaps the 18 days of rest this time could benefit his arm for the stretch run.

“My shoulder feels fine and my arm feels good,” Ryu said.