As expected, after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 2, but retroactive to April 28, the anticipated return of Hyun-Jin Ryu has alas arrived. Ryu will take the mound Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers look to take a second game from the New York Mets.
In order to make room for Ryu on the roster, the Dodgers announced the roster move via their official Twitter account:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 21, 2014
Withrow finds himself as the odd man out, much like left-hander Paco Rodrguez, because of the fact that he has options. He is able to move freely from the majors to the minors and the flexibility cost him his roster spot today. The right-hander owns a 2.95 ERA this season, but leads the entire pitching staff in walks and could work on his control down in Triple-A.
Ryu landed on the DL with inflammation in his shoulder, which led to some connecting the injury to his start in Australia as Clayton Kershaw, the other starter in the Opening Series, also landed on the DL due to inflammation. Ryu refuted the notion however, and said it’s similar to an injury he suffered in 2011 and claimed rest would be all he required in order to recover.
The left-hander underwent an MRI that came back clean and despite momentarily getting behind schedule with his throwing program, once Ryu resumed throwing, his recovery fell back into place. It advanced from throwing on flat ground to from the mound and eventually pitching in a simulated game at the team’s spring training facility.
Ryu’s simulated game was impressive enough the Dodgers didn’t require him to make a rehab start as they did with Kershaw, who eventually made two before being reinstated from the DL. By adding Ryu back to the pitching rotation, it’s sent Paul Maholm to the bullpen. Maholm, who has been inconsistent in his starts, now joins Jamey Wright as the team’s primary long-relief options. Ryu has made seven starts this season and is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
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