With the NL West seemingly out of reach, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has started resting his regular players and shuffling his rotation with one eye towards the postseason.
Edinson Volquez will start tonight against the Rockies as Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw were pushed back to start the Dodgers series against the Reds over the weekend.
However, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Ryu won’t start Friday in Cincinnati as he’s dealing with a minor injury:
Ryu has a middle back stiffness after last start.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 4, 2013
Instead of Ryu, fifth starter Chris Capuano will start on Friday with Ryu possibly starting Tuesday or Wednesday at Dodger Stadium against the Diamondbacks.
After two poor starts against the Red Sox and Marlins, Ryu got back on track with a strong performance on Friday against the Padres. Signed in the offseason to a six-year deal, nobody really know what the Dodgers would be getting in Ryu, but he’s been in the mix for Rookie of the Year all season long.
In 167 innings pitched, Ryu is 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA and has 139 strikeouts as well as he and fellow rookie Yasiel Puig have been at the forefront of the Dodgers charge up the standings.
Hopefully this is just a minor injury that won’t linger as Ryu has been arguably the most reliable third starter in baseball behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
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