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Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers knew about shoulder tear before he signed in 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu said Friday that he has known since his initial physical for the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2013 season that he had a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He finally got it taken care of Thursday when he underwent arthroscopic surgery that will keep him out until at least next spring training.

"Surgery definitely wasn't my intention, but I think this was a good decision to do it now," Ryu said.

Ryu pitched with the injury for two seasons, going 28-15 with a 3.17 ERA. The tear showed up on the MRI Ryu had before signing a six-year, $36 million deal in December 2012, but the Dodgers elected to sign him anyway.

Ryu said the latest MRI didn't show any particular worsening of the tear, but the inflammation became more persistent.

"There have been times I was able to pitch without pain," said Ryu, his left arm in a sling, at a Friday evening news conference at Dodger Stadium.

Ryu went on the 15-day disabled list in May 2014 for the shoulder inflammation, and it flared back up this spring. When he tested it in a bullpen session last month, he felt inflammation and had to shut down his throwing program. That's when the possibility of surgery first surfaced. He made the final call to undergo surgery Tuesday.

The Dodgers have said they are hopeful Ryu will be ready to go by next spring, but the record of pitchers returning from such procedures is checkered. Michael Pineda missed two seasons after getting the surgery but has been effective for the New York Yankees the past two seasons, going 10-6 with a 2.46 ERA.