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Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu Activated off Injured List, Josh Sborz Optioned

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

In an expected move, Dodgers starting pitcher (and star slugger) Hyun-Jin Ryu was activated off of the IL today ahead of his start in game 3 of the series with Milwaukee.

Ryu missed 11 days after suffering a mild groin strain in an outing on April 9. At the time, he was surprised that the Dodgers were placing him on the IL. Of course, he missed the better part of 3 months after a much more severe groin injury.

After missing 11 days, it is also somewhat surprising that Ryu didn’t not require a rehab assignment. However, he tossed two bullpen sessions while sidelined.

Making Room for Ryu

To make room on the active roster, RHP Josh Sborz was optioned to AAA OKC. Sborz was recalled on April 14 but never appeared in a game (which incidentally would have been his MLB debut).

With Ryu’s activation, the Dodgers now sit one starting pitcher short of the rotation they expected to see coming out of spring training.

While the rotation hasn’t been at “full strength” all season, they have been more than holding their own of late.


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      • Additional venting by Robin Mosqueda. What is wrong with Seager and Turner?? Another poster stated that Turner is swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone and striking more often than previous seasons. I’ll grant Seager that he is coming off of two major surgeries(Tommy-John and hip) and the Dodgers were careful with him during spring training, but I feel this inactivity is why he is “unlike Corey Seager.” He is having his spring training right now(his slow start). I don’t have a reason for Turner, an injury he/Dodgers are not disclosing.

    • Taylor who has hit .300 in 10 at-bats vs. Brewers Anderson is at 2nd base tonight instead of Hernandez(.000, 5 at-bats). How many times will Taylor strike-out tonight, I say twice in four plate appearances. Bellinger batting 5th instead of 4th(Pollack batting there), no Verdugo, no Muncy and two automatic-outs in Gale(catcher) and Ryu(9th).

  1. They(Dodgers) didn’t even have Sborz appear either in relief or start once. I would have thought Sborz could have at least eaten some innings for the team and saved some of the arms when needed in high-leverage situations. How long before Ryu’s groin, or some of the other “high-maintenance” arms on this staff goes out again and again and again??

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