SAN FRANCISCO — Remember the good old days, when the Dodgers had the best offense of any club in a generation, averaging five runs a game?
They still are averaging five a game, remarkably. You wonder where that team was the last few days. Thursday, Madison Bumgarner piled on to Clayton Kershaw’s season-long misery by hitting a home run, something the Dodgers forgot how to do while getting swept at AT&T Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Erisbel Arruebarrena — remember him? — won’t be seen in a Dodgers uniform again this year.
I’ll post some quarter-pole-of-the-season thoughts here in a bit.
Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended for the entire 2015 season on Thursday. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena
for the remainder of the 2015 season Thursday, further diminishing his already faded role in the organization.
A team spokesperson said only that Arruebarrena was suspended “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”
Arruebarrena had not played for a Dodgers affiliate this season after being assigned to the club’s extended spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona. The 24-year-old from Cuba was initially designated for assignment in December but went unclaimed on waivers. He was not invited to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.
Initially signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba in October 2013, Arruebarrena made 22 appearances for the Dodgers last season, mostly as a defensive substitute. He collected eight hits and 17 strikeouts in 41 at-bats, a .195 average.
Law enforcement records do not show Arruebarrena ran afoul of the law while in Arizona. That would indicate that Arruebarrena’s alleged contractual violations were confined to his on-field behavior, or the lack thereof.
SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is out of shoulder surgery and the results matched the expectations. The left-hander needed a repair of his left labrum and will not pitch again until 2016.
The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
“It went as well as could be expected,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They felt he could be ready to pitch next year, in spring training.
Ryu, 28, faced a bleak outlook after being unable to throw off a mound since his last bullpen session May 1. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday the possibility of surgery only came up in recent days.
“Stan (Conte, the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer) was optimistic and upbeat about it being as good as it could possibly be,” Mattingly said. “For someone who had to have surgery, it sounded like it was a really good result.”
Update (1 p.m.): The Dodgers’ press release announcing the surgery contained no new information. Ryu’s final diagnosis was a torn labrum.