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Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Activated, Casey Sadler Optioned

The ace is back.

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DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 31: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

After spending some time on the injured list due to neck soreness, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has been activated and will start on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As part of the move, the team optioned relief pitcher Casey Sadler to Oklahoma City.

Sadler Impressive During Time With the Team

Since being acquired by the Dodgers in early July, Sadler has been better than many fans might have expected.

He has posted an ERA of 0.73 with the Dodgers in 9 games, and a 1.42 ERA overall in 2019.

However, with an abundance of right-handed arms already operating in the bullpen, the move to option Sadler does make sense. 

Ryu Hopes to Continue Dominant Season

Dodgers fans will be happy to see Ryu back in action as he continues what has been nothing short of a Cy Young caliber season.

In his last start, Ryu allowed only 3 hits and no earned runs in six innings of work against the Colorado Rockies. He lowered his NL-leading ERA from 1.60 to 1.53 in 21 starts and 135.2 innings pitched.

As the end of the season nears and the Dodgers gear up for the postseason, the team will need this year’s ace healthy if they are to finally snap that World Series drought.

Written by Kellan Grant

I’m currently a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and I have a passion for sports journalism. I grew up in the LA area and am a diehard fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, UCLA, Kings. My favorite Dodgers memory was watching Kershaw tear up after the team won the 2017 NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time in his career. After college, I plan on either pursuing a career as a sports journalist or working in sports law.

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  1. You have GOT to be kidding. Sadler was one of the only guys actually consistently doing the job. I guess results don’t matter to Roberts (thus his continued support of Jansen closing).

  2. Unbelievable. Sadler was one of the few bright spots in the pen. Chargois or Garcia should go before Sadler. What id management thinking??

  3. I will go out on a limb here and predict that when the post-season rosters are put together, Sadler will be on it. He did a fine job thus far, and even Roberts said this trip down was not based on performance. Chargois will, IMHO, be sent packing – he continually gives up runs as shown by his performance yesterday. Go Blue!!!!

  4. Sadler did a positive job. Chargois should have been sent down. Maybe Sadler will get more work and he definitely will be on the roster in September. They need Verdugo as the Ra Ra guy. Taylor will help also if cuts down on his strike outs.

    • I totally agree with your evaluation, Howard32!!!! If it came down to a choice between CT3 or Kiki, IMHO CT3 wins out. But, as you correctly state, his strikeout rate needs to be his major concern. Go Blue!!

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