Hyun-Jin Ryu left in the second inning of Monday evening’s matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had thrown only 34 pitches across 1 2/3 innings, allowing a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna.

Ryu’s velocity in the first inning, as he hit 93mph on the gun a couple times, but his velocity dipped slightly in the second inning when his fastball was hovering around 89-90 mph with his cutter around 87-88 mph and as low as 85 mph.

This is not exactly the best news considering Ryu missed an enormous chunk of his 2018 campaign with the same thing: a left groin strain.

Ryu remains a key component to the pursuit of a World Series title and if he is to miss extended time, it would obviously be a huge blow to the Dodgers’ starting pitching corps.

Again, if Ryu is to miss significant time, the Dodgers maintain one of the league’s deepest rotations and it could mean Ross Stripling or Julio Urias remaining in the rotation for the duration of Ryu’s injury with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill soon to make returns of their own.

This is encouraging considering this is coming straight from Ryu himself. The idea that he is uncertain of how long his IL stint will be is the only real uncertainty surrounding the situation.

After a night where the Dodgers were forced to throw their relievers for 7 1/3 innings, a move for a reliever makes sense. It is interesting that the organization gave consideration to cutting Kershaw’s rehab short but it is most likely the best decision in this case.

All in all, it does not sound like Ryu’s injury is comparable to what he suffered last year from when his left groin tore completely off the bone.