The Dodgers are hoping that no news is good news on Korean Left hander Hyun-jin Ryu’s ailing left shoulder. Ryu reinjured his shoulder in the first game of the San Francisco series on Friday evening, before the first inning of the Dodger’s 9-0 loss to the Giants.
Ryu had felt discomfort in the shoulder during warm-ups, and then allowed four earned runs in one inning before having to be removed from the game. Ryu has suffered this injury before. He was disabled back on April 28 because of the same inflamed left shoulder. He did not return t the mound for three weeks.
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Ryu underwent an MRI, and was examined by team doctors on Monday morning in Los Angeles. Fortunately no structural damage was found. Unfortunately Ryu will miss his next scheduled start on Wednesday at Colorado. It is unknown as to how much time Ryu will miss, or if he will be able to pitch again at all in the regular season. Ryu received a cortisone injection, and will not throw for four days. After four days he will continue a sub maximal throwing program.
Ryu has been very good since the Dodgers signed him from the Korean leagues as a free agent. Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season in 26 starts. He’s thrown 152 innings and whiffed 139 against just 29 walks. However Ryu is still not accustomed to the longer MLB seasons. The KBO seasons are 144 games long compared to the lengthier 162 game MLB seasons.
Right handed youngster Carlos Frias will start in Ryu’s place on Wednesday’s series finale at Colorado. Frias has posted a 3.91 ERA in 11 games for the Dodgers. This will be Frias’s second MLB start. He made his first on September 3 against Washington. He pitched six shutout innings, but was did not get a decision.