In what has been an unfortunate surprise, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost several players to the disabled list in the past two months.
Hyun-Jin Ryu strained his right gluteus muscle in his last start a week ago. Ryu was placed on the disabled list two days later and pitcher Pedro Baez was called up.
Newly acquired pitcher Kevin Correia started in place of Ryu on Tuesday and will be seeing a few more starts due to Ryu and Josh Beckett currently being on the disabled list.
The 27-year-old Ryu was seen playing catch with third baseman Juan Uribe and was throwing in a stationary position, testing out his lower body.
When asked about the left-handed pitcher’s status, manager Don Mattingly felt confident that he is healing, via Michael Lananna of MLB.com:
Ryu’s doing better, feeling better. He’s basically playing catch, keeping his arm moving. He’ll be doing more things underneath, working out. He’s doing good right now. Timetable-wise, I don’t know if we’re going to have that. … Right now, I feel pretty good about that.”
There have been some concerns regarding Ryu doing activities including his lower body. Don Mattingly cleared the air about Ryu and any exercise involving the strained muscle:
I don’t think he’s doing any running yet. But I see him in there working on his arm and doing different band exercises and things like that.”
This was the South Korea native’s second stint on the disabled list this season. He is 13-6 on the season with a 3.28 ERA in 23 starts. He has excelled in his second year in the majors and has been a staple in the rotation for the Dodgers.
The team needs Ryu to come back healthy and soon because another starter may be out. Right-hander Zack Greinke skipped his bullpen session this week and may miss his start on Thursday.
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