Hyun-Jin Ryu made his second start of the spring on Tuesday and proclaimed himself healthy despite a drop in his velocity from his first outing. While that may have held true at the time, Ryu wound up feeling shoulder tightness the following day, which has led to an anti-inflammatory injection and being shut down for three days.
The shoulder issue is similar to the one Ryu was twice sidelined by last season during which he went 23 days both times between starts. With Opening Day just over two weeks away, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated it’s possible Ryu will begin the season on the disabled list, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
Don Mattingly said Ryu might start the season on the disabled list. #Dodgers won't need a fifth starter for a couple weeks into the season.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) March 20, 2015
While the situation isn’t believed to be serious, Ryu expressed frustration over his latest setback, via Hoornstra:
I am frustrated,” Ryu said through an interpreter Friday at Camelback Ranch. “For this year, I put in a lot of preparation. I’m just going to have to start all over. I’m a little frustrated I got stopped right now.”
With plenty of arms in camp, the Dodgers are well-equipped to absorb temporarily losing Ryu. Their cause is further aided by the fact that they don’t need a fifth starter until April 14 when they host the Seattle Mariners and not again until April 25.
Conceivable options to fill in as a spot starter are Erik Bedard, Carlos Frias, David Huff or Joe Wieland, among others. Ryu entered Spring Training with a goal of pitching 200 innings this season, which still remains within reach. However, his bouts with injury thus far in camp aren’t exactly ringing endorsements he’ll remain fully healthy throughout the season.
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