UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): According to David Vassegh of AM 570, Ryu felt the irritation while warming up for the game:

Ryu also said his shoulder feels similar to the inflammation that forced him to the disabled list:


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With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants monitoring each other’s games over the past few weeks, the two teams began a three-game series Friday with the Dodgers leading the division by two games.

The Dodgers and Giants last met in July, when the Dodgers swept the three-game set behind strong pitching from Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly purposely set the rotation so the three pitchers would take the mound in the series and it paid off as the Dodgers swept the series.

Mattingly again relied on the same strategy, though the early results were not nearly as favorable. Ryu allowed four runs on five hits in the first inning Friday and wound up giving way to Chris Perez at the start of the second.

According to the Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times, Ryu was removed from the game due to left shoulder irritation:

This marks the second time this season Ryu has dealt with an issue in his left shoulder. He missed time earlier in the season due to inflammation for the second time in his career in an injury that was similar to what Kershaw dealt with.

The outing was Ryu’s shortest of his career and the second time this season he’s failed to make it past the second inning when facing the Giants. Although he’s managed to win 14 games this season, the southpaw has struggled against the Dodgers’ long-time rival.

Ryu was on the mound for the Dodgers’ home opener when they began a series with the Giants and gave up eight runs (six earned) in just two innings of work. Assuming Ryu doesn’t need to be placed on the disabled list or force more changes, he’s scheduled to again face the Giants Sept. 22 at Dodger Stadium.
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