Game 41: The drought is over — not the rain, the other one(s) — and thoughts on Ryu’s injury.

Adrian Gonzalez

True story: It was cloudy, breezy and growing unusually cold as the Dodgers filed onto the field for their usual pregame stretch today. The skies were gray. I asked Brett Anderson if he thought it was going to rain. “No,” he said. “I’m not pitching today.” (Outside joke.)

It didn’t rain Friday, but a couple droughts ended in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

The game story is here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first MRI with Dodgers revealed a torn labrum.


Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said Friday that he’s been pitching with a torn labrum in his left shoulder since he signed with the Dodgers in December 2012, an injury that was revealed in his very first MRI.

That explains some things, like why the pitcher ultimately needed the surgery that ended his 2015 season yesterday. It also created more questions, only some of which Ryu could answer Friday.
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Game 40: For Dodgers, the new normal is worse than the old normal.

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.