Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday and start against the New York Mets.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been without their sophomore starter for a few weeks and will welcome him back, as the projected starting rotation will be complete for the first time this season. Ryu went on the DL with shoulder inflammation but was able to avoid surgery that would sideline him for a significant amount of time.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ryu gave a status update on how he felt just before his return:
I feel healthy and I don’t feel I need to be extra careful during my start,” said Ryu. “The only difference is the extra shoulder exercises I’m doing after the injury. Otherwise, my routine is normal. I’m not aware of any pitch limitations, but that’s not up to me.”
Ryu had a busy start to the season, pitching in Australia and once again when the team returned to the United States. His trip to the DL followed Clayton Kershaw’s trip and left many blaming the trip to Sydney, even though Ryu did not believe there was a correlation. He visited with Dr. Neal El Attrache in Los Angeles on the Dodgers’ last road trip, where it was determined that he did not need an MRI or surgery.
This season, the lefty is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed 13 earned runs in total, but 11 of those runs came in just two starts. In his other five starts, four were scoreless and the other he allowed just two runs. His return will move left-handed veteran Paul Maholm out of the rotation and into the bullpen. Ryu will join Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett to form one of the best rotations in all of baseball in terms of numbers.
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