Both starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and relief pitcher Grant Dayton will be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers very soon.
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been sidelined with a foot injury since he took a ball off of his foot on June 28 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that outing, he tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs. That came after a string of decent five inning, two earned runs starts.
According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, Dave Roberts announced that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be starting either Monday or Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start on either Monday or Tuesday, Dave Roberts said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 18, 2017
Just days ago, Dave Roberts told the media that Ryu is not guaranteed a spot in the Dodger rotation when he comes back, but for now he is at least getting a spot start early on in the week.
It is safe to assume that Dave Roberts will not make any new rotation decisions until after Ryu’s start next week. Maeda and Ryu are the two on the brink of that fifth spot in the rotation and it will stay that way for now unless there is an injury to any of Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Rich Hill or Brandon McCarthy.
Another player making his comeback is left-handed reliever, Grant Dayton. Dayton just made a rehab appearance for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and tossed himself a perfect inning.
Dave Roberts announced after his successful rehab appearance that he will be joining the Dodgers back in Los Angeles for the homestand. The team has currently been using a struggling Luis Avilan as the lone left-handed pitcher in their bullpen so a Dayton return could be very important before the Dodgers make any trade deadline moves to improve their bullpen.
Hyun-Jin Ryu currently has a 4.21 earned run average in 72.2 innings pitched.
Grant Dayton holds a 3.63 earned run average in 22.1 innings pitched.