Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte (right) checks on Hyun-Jin Ryu after the pitcher strained a muscle in his right buttock during an August game in Atlanta. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said at a press conference in South Korea Wednesday that he will begin his off-season training earlier in hopes of preventing injuries.
Ryu spent time on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation in May, missing three weeks. The 255-pound left hander missed three weeks at the end of the season when the injury flared up again. In mid-August, he went on the DL with a muscle strain in his right buttock.
“I’ve had three injuries this year, but at least I didn’t miss as much time as some other players did,” Ryu said, according to the Korea Times. “I don’t want to go through the same fate next season. I think I am going to have to take care of my body better in the winter. I will start my offseason training earlier than before and focus on preventing injuries.”
Whether quitting smoking is part of his plan remains to be seen.
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.
Hyun-Jin Ryu normally doesn’t throw bullpen sessions between starts. Considering it will have been 23 days between his last start and Game 3 of the National League Division Series, this wasn’t too much of a surprise to see.
Hyun-Jin Ryu emerged from his simulated game Wednesday without any setbacks, and the left-hander will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Right-hander Dan Haren will start Game 4, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.