While the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed back reliever Scott Elbert Friday and Paco Rodriguez Saturday, they may soon lose another left-handed pitcher to the disabled list.

Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed from his start Friday after just one inning due to irritation in his left shoulder. The South Korean native said he was optimistic the injury wouldn’t be serious and compared it to the inflammation he battled earlier in the season.

While the exact extent of the injury is not yet known, Ryu met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Saturday and it was decided the next step would be an MRI, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:

Dodgers manger Don Mattingly added it’s unlikely Ryu will take the mound for his next scheduled start on Wednesday:

Assuming Ryu is in fact unable to take the mound Wednesday, rookie Carlos Frias would make his second career start for the Dodgers. Frias has been used in a variety of situations out of the bullpen, but was impressive against the Washington Nationals in his lone start.

The injury Ryu compared his current situation to forced him to be placed on the disabled list and he missed a total of 20 days. Including Saturday, the Dodgers have 15 games in 16 days remaining in the regular season.

If the Dodgers are able to maintain their position atop the National League West standings, Ryu could be placed on the DL with the same 20-day recovery period also being the same date (Oct. 6) as Game 3 of the NLDS.

However, should they fall into the Wild Card game, it would alter their postseason rotation and Ryu would be needed prior to same 20-day timeframe. Granted, Ryu conceivably could avoid the DL all together and simply need to be skipped over for one start.

The MRI results should provide the clarity needed to decide on a course of action for the left-hander.
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