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.
The Dodgers activated Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 10-day injured list and optioned Josh Sborz to Triple-A OKC. Ryu starts today.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) April 20, 2019
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.
During the 6-game winning streak, the #Dodgers rotation has a 1.40 ERA and the bullpen has a 1.76. Domino effect from starters going deeper.
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) April 20, 2019
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