The cameras were lined up and clicking away as the Dodgers' $147 million pitcher threw for the first time in his new uniform Thursday. But the cameras weren't pointed at free-agent acquisition Zack Greinke as he threw his first bullpen session during the Dodgers' workout. Approximately 20 photographers and video cameramen from Korea were shooting the large left-hander working on the mound next to Greinke as Hyun-jin Ryu threw his first bullpen session of the spring at the same time. For the Dodgers coaching staff, it was their first chance to see Ryu throw in person after only seeing video from his career in the Korean Baseball Organization. "It was good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 40-pitch session. "He threw the ball where he wanted. That's kind of what I like to watch – whether they're hitting the catcher's glove, putting the ball where they want. That's a pretty good indication, especially early on. "Everything was good today." Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt praised Ryu's "smooth delivery" and called his off-speed pitch "a plus-plus changeup." Like Mattingly, Honeycutt had watched video of Ryu before Thursday – and he was impressed then. "Our scouts liked him – and I liked what I saw on video," Honeycutt said. "I'd have signed him myself just based off what I saw on video. This guy has command of four pitches, knows how to pitch at a young age." Honeycutt had to admit he was less impressed with what he'd seen from Ryu during the conditioning drills pitchers do each morning. Ryu lagged well behind and struggled through the conditioning runs each of the first two days. "Truthfully, probably not," Honeycutt said when asked if Ryu's conditioning was where it needed to be. "Thankfully, we have six weeks (of spring training). "He's a big guy. He's got to pace himself like Kenley (Jansen who also lagged behind) or any of our bigger guys. Jumping in with (Clayton) Kershaw was probably the wrong group for him to be in."
Dodgers' Ryu makes big first impression
Orange County Register | Feb 15