As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Friday afternoon. Ryu strained his right gluteus muscle during the sixth inning of his start on Wednesday and was removed from the game.
Following the loss, Ryu and manager Don Mattingly were both hopeful the left-hander would recover in time before his next scheduled start, which was Wednesday. Potentially aiding Ryu’s cause was the Dodgers off day on Monday.
The move is retroactive to Thursday and while Ryu can return after meeting the 15-day requirement, the general sense is the Dodgers are unsure how much time the he’ll need to fully recover. Ryu later revealed he felt off prior to throwing his last pitch of the game.
This is now Ryu’s second stint on the DL this season, with the first coming at the end of April due to shoulder inflammation similar to what sidelined Clayton Kershaw.
For Pedro Baez, this is the second time he’s been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque during the month of August. Baez has thrown four innings across four appearances with the Dodgers and has a 4.50 ERA.
Along with spending time with the Dodgers, Baez has thrown for the Isotopes and Double-A Chattanooga this season. He’s a combined 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances at the Minor League level this season.
With Baez joining the Dodgers, it clears a roster spot on the Isotopes for newly acquired Justin Germano to easily join Albuquerque.
Full press release on the Dodgers roster move:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 14 with a right hip strain and recalled right-hander Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Baez will be appearing in his fourth stint with the Dodgers and has pitched scoreless relief in his last three games. In 40 combined games at Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Chattanooga, the hard-throwing right-hander has a 3.86 ERA (18 ER/42.0) with 38 strikeouts against 13 walks. After being optioned to Albuquerque on Monday, Baez did not appear in a game for the Isotopes.
Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA (50 ER/137.1 IP) in 23 starts for Los Angeles this season.
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