Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves game in fifth inning with strained right gluteus muscle.

ATLANTA — Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ game against the Braves on Tuesday in the sixth inning with a strained right gluteus muscle. The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 at the time.

Ryu walked B.J. Upton on his 97th and final pitch of the game, then motioned toward the Dodgers’ dugout after his follow-through. Head athletic trainer Stan Conte and interpreter Charlie Kim headed to the mound immediately. After a brief meeting, Ryu left the game and was replaced with right-hander Jamey Wright.

Ryu missed 20 games in April and May with left shoulder inflammation. That’s the only time Ryu has been placed on the disabled list since the Dodgers signed him out of South Korea last year.

Ryu was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but his start was pushed back a day when Don Mattingly chose newcomer Kevin Correia to pitch Monday’s game.

Prior to Ryu’s injury, Dodgers pitchers had a streak of nine consecutive starts of six innings or more dating to August 3.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.