Hyun-Jin Ryu had been pitching through a labrum tear since 2012

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Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that he revealed some interesting information during a press conference yesterday. Specifically, that the labrum tear was found in an MRI before he signed his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2012. Keep in mind that the team, under GM Ned Colletti, also paid a $25.7 million posting fee for exclusive negotiating rights with him.

Despite the labrum issue, Ryu managed a 3.17 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 56 starts from 2013-2014. That’s pretty darn impressive under the circumstances. He had a stint on the DL last April due to shoulder inflammation and also missed some time in September before returning for the playoffs, but he had been able to pitch through it until now. The tear is considered relatively minor, but shoulders can be tricky and it’s far from a guarantee that his rehab process will be trouble-free.

Ryu will be 29 next March and is still owed $7 million per season from 2016-2018.