Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed from his start against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday night after just 2.2 innings pitched. He left with a trainer and was apparently injured.
Dave Roberts confirmed to media after the game on Monday that Ryu would, in fact, be placed on the injured list.
Ryu left his start against the Cardinals, Monday night, after aggravating his left groin. This comes just a few months after the left-handed starter missed almost 10 weeks of the 2018 season with a torn groin.
The southpaw did say after the game that this injury was not nearly as bad as it was last year adding that he could “make his next start.” The Dodgers will not let that happen.
Ryu was removed from the contest with a groin strain, the same injury he had last year.
2018’s go-around with a groin issue took Ryu out for just over three months. While the severity of the groin strain is not yet clear, last year’s result is not encouraging at all. More updates to come as they become available.
In nightmarish fashion, Ryu delivered and 0-0 curveball to the plate, watched it sail in at 76 miles per hour and proceeded to walk around the mound simply waiting for the trainers and coaches to realize something was wrong. For the Dodgers, this was deja vu.
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Dave Roberts, the trainer and Ryu’s translator emerged from the dugout as a trio that would return with an extra man as it was Ryu who needed medical attention.
Based on simply watching the events unfold, it was not clear as to what exactly the issue was but Ryu threw zero test pitches and headed to dugout immediately after throwing back to back pitches followed by long walks around the mound.
An injury to Ryu would simply continue to push the narrative that he is talented but cannot stay healthy. Over the last four years, the South Korean starter has pitched in just 43 games due to injuries ranging from shoulder problems to hip issues to a torn groin in 2018.
Ryu entered 2019 as the Dodgers stand-in ace in the absence of Clayton Kershaw who is working his way back from an injury of his own. Kershaw’s return would have pushed Ryu to the number two role on the team as well as allowed the Dodgers to put Julio Urias in the bullpen.
Should Ryu need to miss an extended period of time, those plans would be foiled as Kershaw would simply come back to replace the injured southpaw.
There have been no announcements as to what the exact issue is with Ryu at this time. However, as that information becomes available it will be updated in this post and on the Dodgers Way Twitter account.
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