The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with left elbow tendinitis, and suddenly need a pitcher to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers also placed reliever Casey Fien on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right elbow retroactive to Sunday. Outfielder Joc Pederson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City is over, was activated from the disabled list, and left-handed reliever Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A.
Ryu missed all of 2015, and the first three months of the 2016 regular season, while rehabbing from left shoulder labrum surgery. He returned July 7 against the San Diego Padres and allowed six runs in 4 ⅔ innings, suffering the loss. That remains his only major league start to this point in the season.
An MRI on Ryu’s left elbow showed no changes from his previous MRI.
Jose De Leon is scheduled to pitch for Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Triple-A Dodgers are currently in Tacoma, Washington. De Leon, a 23-year-old right-hander, has yet to make his major league debut.
Brock Stewart, a 24-year-old right-hander, has made one spot start for the Dodgers already this season and was scheduled to start for Oklahoma City tonight. It’s possible the Dodgers could give Stewart an extra day’s rest before his second cup of coffee in the big leagues.
The Dodgers are still waiting for the Hyun-Jin Ryu of 2013 and 2014 after his 2016 debut, a 6-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Columnist Mark Whicker isn’t buying the Dodgers’ optimism over Ryu’s return.
What they were saying postgame:
The Dodgers will have 14 pitchers and a three-man bench when they face the San Diego Padres today.
Carlos Frias was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will be in the Dodgers’ bullpen today. Hyun-Jin Ryu was added to the active roster, as expected, so he could start tonight’s game. Luis Avilan was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and outfielder Will Venable was designated for assignment.
The Dodgers needed bullpen help for today after eight relievers threw a combined 186 pitches in last night’s 14-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Frias hasn’t thrown since Sunday, when he tossed 1 ⅓ innings in relief in Nashville. He threw 27 pitches in that game and hadn’t pitched in six days before that. So he should be fresh.
As for everyone else, only Pedro Baez didn’t appear in yesterday’s game, and he had appeared in each of the two games before that.