Hyun-Jin Ryu on track for next week

PHOENIX -- Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game at Camelback Ranch on Friday morning and it might have been his final tune-up before re-joining the Dodgers' rotation.

Ryu has been out since his April 27 game against the Colorado Rockies because of some inflammation in his left shoulder, but he felt good after throwing 60 pitches in the simulated game and another 15 in the bullpen afterward.

It appears Ryu will return to face the New York Mets on Wednesday in New York though the team has yet to announce that.

"We're pretty confident. His pen the other day was just ridiculous for a guy who hadn't thrown the ball in 10 days," manager Don Mattingly said. "He throws the ball wherever he wants. So, again, we'll just see where he's at [Saturday] as far as the way he feels. Everybody liked the way he threw the ball."

Ryu's return would put the Dodgers at full strength, with the exception of rehabbing pitcher Chad Billingsley. It would also push Paul Maholm back to the bullpen. He allowed 10 runs, five of which were earned, in Wednesday’s start against the Miami Marlins.