DENVER >>The National League West standings are so tight — even after two big wins over the San Francisco Giants — that anything less than a glowing health report for every Dodgers player comes as bad news these days.
Even Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged that the standings will affect how the Dodgers proceed with Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose MRI results came back clean Monday.
“If we’d already clinched the division or something,” Mattingly said, “I’m sure we’d look at things differently.”
Carlos Frias threw a bullpen session Sunday at AT&T Park. The rookie right-hander is still in line to start for Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. Ryu is getting an MRI on his inflamed left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles.
Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Frias today:
Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.
ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.
“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury history, a long first inning, and a typically chilly San Francisco night might have conspired to create disaster for the Dodgers. I explained how in the game story. The box score is equally ugly.
SAN DIEGO >> Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will return from the disabled list Sunday to start against the San Diego Padres, and right-hander Roberto Hernandez will start Monday at Dodger Stadium against the Washington Nationals.
“The only that’s going to change that — (Ryu) is going to do more stuff today running-wise — is if for some reason he would go backwards and they felt that another day would be needed, then we would do that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles in his right buttock August 13. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday in Arizona and reported no ill effects afterwards.
The left-hander is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average this season.
Ryu’s return would displace Kevin Correia to the bullpen. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts after he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins. That’s likely to be the only major impact on the Dodgers’ pitching staff, since rosters can expand past the current 25-man limit on Monday.
Mattingly had a simple reason for lining up Ryu to face the Padres and Hernandez to face the Nationals.
“Ryu’s been really good against San Diego, and Roberto’s been really good against the Nationals,” he said.
In two starts against the Nationals this season, both wins, Hernandez hasn’t allowed a run in 15 ⅓ innings.
In three starts against the Padres this season, Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (19 IP, 1 ER).
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.
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.