2/9/2014 4:16 P.M. ET
Ryu in better spring shape second time around
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A 14-win rookie season for Hyun-Jin Ryu pretty much put a rough Spring Training debut in the rearview mirror, but not for Ryu.
The left-hander remembered huffing and puffing his way through early conditioning drills and wasn't going there again.
So a fitter Ryu took the field for Sunday's first workout. Two weeks ago, Ryu said he was "underprepared" last year after a harried contract negotiation, vowing he would be in better shape this time around.
"All kidding aside," Ryu said Sunday, "last year was trying with the contract, and I didn't' get a head start. I've had more time to prepare this year."
Ryu, listed at 255 pounds by the team, said he's "significantly lighter compared to last year," but "only I know" how much lighter.
Ryu did give an assist to teammates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the examples they set.
"Absolutely, working hard is very contagious," he said. "My teammates definitely push me. At the end of the day, you have to do it yourself. I just try to be in the best shape I can. I'm an athlete; it's my job to be in the best condition."
Ryu said he's more comfortable this spring, having gone through a Major League training camp.
"I know the faces, I have close friends here," he said. "The first day doesn't feel like the first day like last year, when I didn't know anybody."
Pending arbitration hearing won't distract Jansen
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Closer Kenley Jansen said he won't let a pending Feb. 18 salary arbitration hearing in Tampa distract him from preparing for the upcoming season.
"I'm not worried about it," said Jansen, who is seeking $5.05 million, with the Dodgers offering $3.5 million. "My agent, Adam Katz, is doing a good job with that, and I've got to do what I've got to do and focus on the season. I'm not stressing about it. I've got a job to do, to help the team win."
Jansen said he is continuing a more intense training regimen he adopted midway through the 2013 season, when he saved 28 games with a 1.88 ERA, appearing in 75 games.
The Dodgers have surrounded Jansen with four former closers -- Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, Brandon League and J.P. Howell. In the past, Jansen said he might have felt threatened, but not now.
"I know I can do the job," he said. "It's awesome being with those guys in a really deep bullpen. I have respect for all of them, I learn from all of them. Every team should know that we've got a stacked bullpen. But we've still got to play the games and win the games."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.