As one of the more active organizations since Andrew Friedman took over as president of baseball operations and Farhan Zaidi as general manager, the Los Angeles Dodgers lived up to their billing Monday.
In a matter of five minutes, the Dodgers announced Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and reliever Matt West was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays. Additionally, to make room for West on the 40-man roster, Hyun-Jin Ryu was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stated Sunday Ryu was set to travel with the team with the hope he would face live batters in Milwaukee. However, AM 570’s David Vassegh reported Ryu was not with the team, which momentarily raised red flags when news of him being transferred to the 60-day DL surfaced.
Prior to Monday’s game, Mattingly explained the move isn’t indicative of any setback Ryu suffered as a result throwing bullpen sessions over the last week, via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
What it does make certain is Ryu will not start a game until May 26, which is now the earliest date he can be activated from the DL. The shoulder inflammation Ryu is working his back from is an injury similar to what he twice dealt with last season.
Ryu finished 2014 with a 14-7 record and 3.38 ERA in 26 starts. Due to the multiple stints on the DL, he was held to just 152 innings, compared to throwing 192 innings in his rookie season. Ry set a goal of pitching 200 innings in 2015, which no longer is within reach.
The Dodgers have been cautious in their handling of Ryu’s recovery and haven’t deviated from that plan even with Brandon McCarthy’s season-ending UCL injury. While Ryu will be eligible to come off the DL in late-May, the Friedman has openly stated the club isn’t certain when he’ll return.
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