The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t had the best luck of late regarding their starting pitching staff. However, the team’s fortune may be improving as left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is making strides in his recovery since straining his right gluteus muscle.
Ryu was throwing on the field throwing prior to the Dodgers’ games on Tuesday and Wednesday, and thus far hasn’t suffered any setbacks. Ryu isn’t expected to complete any rehab assignments and according to Michael Lananna of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly acknowledged the southpaw was steadily improving:
You feel like his arm will keep moving,” Mattingly said. “He continues to improve. It sounded like yesterday was a little bit better.”
Mattingly also expressed that patience is key in handling Ryu’s return:
He’ll eventually get on a mound, but I haven’t heard any talk about that,” he said. “He just started playing catch. He’s got some time. We’re not going to push him.”
According to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com, Mattingly believes Ryu will come off the DL shortly after he is eligible:
Don Mattingly said Hyun-jin Ryu is expected to come off the DL "within a day or two" of earliest activation date (Aug. 30)
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 21, 2014
New acquisition Kevin Correia earned a victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday after starting in place for the injured Ryu. He went 5.0 innings and gave up four runs in the team’s winning effort. Correia is expected to remain in the rotation so long as Ryu is out with the injury.
This season, Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA over 23 starts. He has struck out 122 batters this while issuing just 27 walks. Ryu’s .648 winning percentage is 48 points higher than last season. Even with this being his second stint on the DL this season, Ryu is just one win away from tying last year’s win total of 14.
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