Hyun-Jin Ryu played catch with Juan Uribe prior to the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte. The pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it, while recovering from a strained right gluteus medius.
“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good — Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.
Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on August 29.
Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Friday (retroactive to Thursday) after an MRI revealed a Grade 1-2 strain of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles of his right posterior hip area. These are muscles that help stabilize the hip and leg during the throwing motion.
Ryu, who was walking with a noticeable limp Friday, will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine his progress.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “You feel regret that you didn’t take care of yourself better. You wonder what you could have done.”
There is no official timetable for Ryu’s recovery, but the pitcher said he expects to return before the end of the regular season.
“No doubt about it,” he said.
Kevin Correia will take Ryu’s start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, and presumably five days later on August 23 against the New York Mets. Correia scattered four hits and one run over six innings in his Dodgers debut Monday in Atlanta. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash on August 9.
Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average in 23 starts for the Dodgers this season.
Pedro Baez will take Correia’s spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to take Ryu’s spot on the active roster.
Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu left the game under his own power. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA >> Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was hoping to use an off-day in the schedule on Monday to give his starters an extra day of rest.
Now, the possibility exists that Roberto Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all pitch on regular rest in the three-game series against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
That’s because Hyun-Jin Ryu left last night’s game with a strained right gluteal muscle, putting his next start in jeopardy.
“I don’t feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn,” Mattingly said of Ryu. “Let’s say he can’t pitch on his turn, if we’re going to go hypothetically. He may be ready to go next time.”
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.
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.”
Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig leaps to catch a fly ball by Josh Hamilton (not pictured) in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-0 win Thursday in Anaheim.
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SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants traded minor-league pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for veteran right-hander Jake Peavy. He is expected to start tomorrow against the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
Update (11:00 a.m.): The Giants have confirmed the trade. It’s official.
Peavy is 14-2 with a 2.21 earned-run average in his career against the Dodgers. He pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2002-09.
Sunday’s game is an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to start for the Dodgers at AT&T Park.
Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter June 18 at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Turns out a no-hitter amounts to more than baseball history. It makes for good merchandising.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ranks third, behind New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, on MLB’s list of jersey sales since Opening Day.
Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter on June 18 against the Colorado Rockies.
Yasiel Puig is ninth and Hyun-Jin Ryu is 18th as announced by MLB. The Dodgers are the only MLB club with three players on MLB’s top 20 jersey sales list.
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Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu threw briefly from flat ground today for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation on April 28.
Manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu reported no pain and expects the left-hander to throw again tomorrow. Ryu’s injury is still not considered a long-term ailment.
“His touch and the way he’s worked in the past, he’s been able to basically throw a pen and be right back on it,” Mattingly said.
Depending on how he progresses, Mattingly said that Ryu might not need a minor-league rehabilitation assignment before he pitches his next major-league game.
“I don’t know if we could do it during a sim game but that will be (head athletic trainer Stan Conte’s) call.