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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.
Prior to Ryu’s injury, Dodgers pitchers had a streak of nine consecutive starts of six innings or more dating to August 3.
The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.
In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”
SportsNet LA will televise five Albuquerque Isotopes home games on a tape-delayed basis later this month, the network announced Tuesday.
The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate has only 12 home games remaining. Their season ends September 1. The Isotopes’ matchup against the Memphis Redbirds this Friday will be the first game televised through the agreement and the full TV schedule is below.
“To have exposure in the market of our Major League partner is very exciting,” Isotopes general manager John Traub said in a statement. “Thirteen players on the Dodgers’ current 25-man roster have played with the Isotopes on their way to the Major Leagues so this new agreement will be a great way for Dodgers fans to watch some of the top prospects in the organization on their way to Los Angeles.”
SportsNet LA Isotopes TV Schedule
Game Date Opponent SportsNet LA TV Time
Aug. 15 @ 6:05 p.m. vs. Memphis Sun., 8/17 @ 11:00 p.m.
Aug. 16 @ 6:05 p.m. vs. Nashville Mon., 8/18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 18 @ 5:35 p.m. vs. Nashville Wed., 8/20 @ 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 29 @ 6:05 p.m. vs. Las Vegas Sun., 8/31 @ 6:00 a.m.
Aug. 31 @ 5:05 p.m. vs. Las Vegas Tues., 9/2 @ 11:00 a.m.
All times listed are Pacific Time.
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One more postgame note that didn’t quite fit anywhere in the story: One Dodgers player suggested to me that the Twins’ catchers (Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer) might have lacked the experience needed to get the most out of Correia during his time in Minnesota. Suzuki is a 30-year-old veteran; Pinto and Fryer are 25 and 28, respectively. Their catchers’ ERA figures correlate inversely to their ages: 4.26, 4.72 and 4.50, respectively. Maybe there’s something to that. Correia certainly was impressed with Ellis’ pitch-calling.
If Correia moves back to the bullpen after his spot start Monday, the Dodgers’ relief corps will again consist of six right-handers and left-hander J.P. Howell.
Baez has a 4.50 ERA (4 IP/2 ER) in his first major-league season.
Rojas said after the game that two things are paying off for him right now. One is an increase in playing time since Hanley Ramirez suffered his latest injury, a strained right oblique muscle.
Another is some recent work in the batting cage that led Rojas to make some adjustments at the plate.
“Trying to swing at strikes,” he said. “It’s not mechanical. It’s all mental.”
MILWAUKEE — We didn’t bother asking Dan Haren if he was starting tomorrow in Atlanta. His name was on the sheet. There was no reason to expect otherwise.
Besides, Haren earned it. In his most recent start in Anaheim, he gave up three singles, didn’t walk a batter, and only allowed one run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. His reward: His next turn in the rotation will be pushed back – at least for one day, it seems — by new Dodger Kevin Correia.
“We talked to (Correia) last night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seemed excited about being here. As I told him, right now we’ll use him as spot starts, coming out of the bullpen kind of filling Paul (Maholm)’s role, having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter’s spot.”
When might that spot start come up?
“It might come up tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “That would come up quick. If it would come up tomorrow, hypothetically speaking, during this little stretch of all the games in a row to give our guys a little bit of a breather. Making sure we’re not overtaxing Kersh, Greinke. We know Hyun-Jin’s pitched better with that little extra day.”