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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' new starting pitcher who has generated the most buzz in camp had his first bullpen session Thursday ... and two mounds over was $147-million signing Zack Greinke.
But manager Don Mattingly and his staff had already seen Greinke pitch. They were getting their first live look at Hyun-Jin Ryu and liked what they saw.
"It was good," said Mattingly. "He threw the ball where he wanted. That's the main thing I watch a lot, the catcher's glove, and that gives a good indication."
That catcher, starter A.J. Ellis, echoed the manager's enthusiasm about the 40-pitch session.
"It was really good," said Ellis. "His fastball had command on both sides and the ball came out really well, with life to it. He has an easy, calm motion. He wasn't trying to impress the first time out, like some guys, and overthrow. He knew what he wanted to do and executed."
It was only the first bullpen of Spring Training, but the Dodgers did shell out $61.7 million for the left-hander -- a $25.7 million posting fee to his Korean club and a $36 million, six-year contract to Ryu –- to make him the first professional from Korea to go directly into the Major Leagues.
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