Hyun-Jin Ryu filmed a ramen commercial, and he brought some “teammates.”


Fans who lost the “Chopstick Challenge” competition at Dodger Stadium to Hyun-Jin Ryu, take heart: You lost to someone who is paid to use chopsticks on camera.

You already knew that of course, since Ryu did a Jin Ramen ad solo last year. The best takeaway from the new ad (above) that popped up on YouTube and circled the blogosphere today is that Ryu brought his Dodger teammates. He even brought a few teammates who were cut out of the final edit.

Man, Clayton Kershaw really shrank a few inches in the last week.

A.J. Ellis seems a bit smaller, too.

Is that Trey Hillman? (No seriously, is that Trey Hillman?)

Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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The Dodgers haven’t finalized their 25-man NLDS roster. Who’s still on the bubble?

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias could be on the bubble for one of the Dodgers’ final NLDS roster spots. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Dodgers are “probably 99, 98 percent where we want to be” in deciding their roster for the National League Division Series, manager Don Mattingly said Thursday afternoon. The St. Louis Cardinals announced their roster earlier Thursday. Rosters are due to MLB tomorrow morning, and the Dodgers must winnow their manpower from 37 to 25.

Some decisions were made Tuesday, when five players were given permission to return either to their off-season home or the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona.

A few more decisions have been made in the last 48 hours:
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St. Louis Cardinals set rotation for Games 1-4 of NLDS; Michael Wacha out.

Michael Wacha

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, the MVP of the 2013 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, will be in the bullpen for the NLDS. (Getty Images)

Michael Wacha, who beat the Dodgers twice last October to win the National League Championship Series’ MVP award, will pitch out of the bullpen in the NL Division Series beginning Friday.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced his rotation for the series Wednesday: Adam Wainwright in Game 1, Lance Lynn in Game 2, John Lackey in Game 3 and Shelby Miller in Game 4.

The Dodgers haven’t formally announced any of their starters for the series, though Clayton Kershaw is listed as the Game 1 starter on their website, and lined up to start the game by throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. Zack Greinke is expected to start Game 2.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu throws 45-pitch simulated game with no pain.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

According to a team spokesperson,

Ryu was at his normal velocity and used all of his pitches with no problems before, during or after with his shoulder. He will be re-examined tomorrow to determine how the shoulder responded. Ryu faced several Dodger hitters, including Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke.

No word on how the batters fared, but how the pitcher’s shoulder feels tomorrow is probably more important. Ryu is a potential Game 3 starter in the National League Division Series if he’s healthy. If he isn’t, expect Dan Haren to take the assignment.

Watch: Hyun-Jin Ryu throws bullpen session, might start in NLDS.

Hyun-Jin Ryu took a small but necessary step toward pitching in the playoffs when he threw a (roughly) 20-pitch bullpen session Friday at Dodger Stadium:

Those pitches were all fastballs. As you can hear, they hit their target with a familiar pop. Ryu’s first few breaking balls wound up in the dirt, which isn’t too surprising considering Ryu hadn’t thrown breaking pitches off a mound in two weeks.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu will try to throw a bullpen session at full intensity Sunday, and “if that goes good he’ll move on to some type of sim game.”

As for the National League Division Series, which begins a week from today, Mattingly said that he intends to use Ryu as a starter if he’s available.

“It’s hard to say he lines up for anything at this moment,” Mattingly said.

It’s easy to rule out Ryu pitching in games one and two of the series at Dodger Stadium, though Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are slotted to start those games.

Hyun-Jin Ryu update: Dodgers pitcher makes strides in throwing program.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has taken a big step forward in his throwing program.

He threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants a distance that would generally qualify as “long toss.” Here is Ryu toward the end of that session:

“I’m happy with his progress,” Mattingly said. “I’d be a little surprised to see him by the end of the (regular season).”

Based on how far he’s progressed in the four days since he started throwing, Ryu seems certain to be throwing off a mound soon.

Ryu also hit with the other starting pitchers prior to the game.