The Los Angeles Dodgers currently sit in first place in the NL West without one start from their number three starter and just four starts from their number four starter.
While Brandon McCarthy is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers were expecting their third starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, to return to the mound in the coming weeks. What originally was supposed to be a shut down and possibly mid-May return in the spring after shoulder stiffness has now become another shut down and a June/July return. Ryu made it clear that he didn’t think surgery would be a possibility; however, it appears that too may be in the cards.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the left-hander may be undergoing surgery:
Source: Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu considering surgery on shoulder. Korean report says happening this week. Source says still not determined.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 19, 2015
While the reports from Korean media have Ryu undergoing surgery this week as a certainty, there still hasn’t been any confirmed word from the team or Ryu himself. While the Dodgers have held the fort with spot starts and now Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger manning the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, the loss of Ryu for possibly the whole season would be a big blow to the team’s chances in the postseason. He’s been solid in his last two postseason starts, and gives the Dodgers three bonafide starters in a playoff series.
If Ryu is done for the year, nobody would expect the new front office to stand pat and continue on with what they already have. Big-name starters like Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto immediately come to mind, while others like Scott Kazmir could also be on the trading block.
Once Ryu confirms or denies the report, then the Dodgers can really see what they will need this season.
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