Ryu has high expectations for second season

Ryu has high expectations for second season

SYDNEY -- When Spring Training opened, Hyun-Jin Ryu wasn't expecting to start Game 2 of the season at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"Our one and two starters are so strong, but after Zack Greinke was hurt, I started thinking I might pitch," said Ryu, who gets the ball for the Dodgers on Sunday against the D-backs. "I had a really good spring, and I feel really good. I have high expectations."

Ryu, beginning his second season with the Dodgers, said his parents will watch from home. His brother and good friend flew in from Korea on Saturday.

Ryu said seeing a koala topped his list of sightseeing in Australia, and he passed on a chance to taste kangaroo meat.

"I'll stick to beef," he said.

Ryu said he hopes Major League Baseball takes the season opener to his homeland some year.

"Opening a season in Korea is a fantastic idea, and I will make it my personal wish to do that," he said.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.