Dodgers’ starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a simulated game on Friday afternoon in Miami at Marlins Park.
Hyun Jin Ryu is throwing a simulated game at Marlins Park. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 14, 2017
He was pitching to Dodgers’ backup catcher Austin Barnes.
Ryu has been sidelined with a left foot contusion from when he took a ball off of his foot in the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was able to stay in the game but was ultimately left with an injury that has lingered around for a lot longer than he probably expected.
There were no reports on how he felt coming out of the simulated game, but Dave Roberts did say that he will not be pitching over the course of the Dodgers’ road trip. The earliest Ryu is to return now is on Thursday July 20th, against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium.
Dave Roberts also dropped a bomb on the media by saying that when Ryu finally does return, he might not have a place back in the starting rotation.
Hyun-Jin Ryu won't pitch on this road trip, and whether he returns as a starter or reliever is TBD, per Dave Roberts.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 14, 2017
If Ryu does not return to the starting rotation, his obvious role switch would be to the bullpen as the long reliever.
Ryu getting bounced from the rotation means that they are sticking with:
So far this season, Hyun-Jin Ryu has pitched to the tune of a 4.21 ERA, which is respectable for a back end starter, in 72.2 innings.
The problem for Hyun-Jin Ryu so far this season is that he was unable to get deep into games. Even his successful starts usually ended up in him being pulled after five innings. It can be placed on Ryu for throwing many pitches but also Dave Roberts usually pulled him around 85 pitches.
Ryu previously showed that he could be a force out of the bullpen. The idea that Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda could become an eight inning tandem, by each of them pitching four innings of a game is something that a lot of people have been on board for and we could eventually see it happen if they are healthy and on the 25-man roster at the same time.