The Dodgers rotation is crowded, and that’s without factoring in Kenta Maeda’s return and Julio Urias eventually re-joining the club.
Hyun-Jin Ryu may be a casualty to depth. The team doesn’t know when he’ll next pitch, but there have been discussions about Ryu in a bullpen role.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts couldn't say when Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch again. Did say a temporary role in long relief "has been discussed "
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 24, 2017
Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch again this season, Dave Roberts said. But not this weekend against the Cubs. Possibly next week on the road.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 24, 2017
Alex Wood was slated as the primary long-reliever to open the season. He was thrust into the rotation, and has responded with a Cy Young-worthy campaign. Brandon McCarthy has exceeded expectations as well.
Ryu, on the other hand, has been mediocre. The team’s had patience with him recovering strength, but Ryu has pitched to a 4.75 ERA in seven games. The preserve his innings and stamina, a bullpen role makes sense.