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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Miami that the injury isn’t considered serious and no MRI has been scheduled for Ryu. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28 and Ryu so if Ryu misses only the minimum 15 days, he’ll be eligible to return May 13.
The Dodgers’ schedule offers no favors: The team has no off-days between now and May 13. Who will start Sunday?
Attention, Target Field shoppers: It’s raining in Minnesota.
It’s raining so much, that the Dodgers won’t play the Minnesota Twins today. The game has been postponed until Thursday at 4 p.m. (PST) as part of a day-night doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 10 a.m.
It couldn’t happen to a better pitcher.
While some hurlers are such creatures of habit that anything more or less than regular rest throws their performance off-kilter, Zack Greinke doesn’t seem to mind the occasional extra day. Tonight’s scheduled starter will presumably take the ball tomorrow night on six days’ rest. Here are Greinke’s career numbers on six days’ rest, via Baseball-Reference.com:
W-L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP BF WHIP SO9 SO/W 11-6 2.72 149.0 144 56 45 12 38 116 6 6 620 1.221 7.0 3.05
Greinke is also in the midst of a ridiculous hot streak that’s seen him pitch at least five innings without allowing more than two runs in 20 consecutive starts, including the 2013 postseason. That’s the longest such streak in the modern era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
His numbers since last July 4: Greinke has a 1.76 ERA, averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings against 8.5 baserunners, and five strikeouts for every walk. So the Twins have that to look forward to.
Josh Beckett is on the disabled list, but he looked anything but disabled Tuesday afternoon.
That’s Beckett, in the middle of the screen, covering first base on a simulated ground ball. In baseball terms, it was a routine pitcher’s fielding practice — “PFP drills” as they’re known. It was one of the last hurdles Beckett needed to clear before he could be cleared to make his 2014 debut on Wednesday.
“We haven’t announced it but he looks like the guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Obviously he’s still on the DL at this point. He did PFPs today. Everything went well. He looks like he’s ready to roll unless he does something tonight to his ankle.”
If Beckett starts tomorrow against the Detroit Tigers, it will be his first major-league start since May 13 of last year. The thoracic outlet syndrome that ended his 2013 season hasn’t been an issue since he reported to spring training.
Beckett dealt with a number of minor injuries after that — a thumb contusion in March, then an ankle/calf problem in his only rehabilitation start Friday.
“I had some swelling in my ankle. My calf was barking a little bit too,” Beckett said Sunday. “We kind of ruled that out. The calf got better with some treatment yesterday, some ice last night. … The ankle feels perfect.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu is locked in to start Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after an off-day Thursday, Mattingly said.
If Beckett can’t pitch tomorrow for some reason?
“We’ll use our guys accordingly,” Mattingly said. “It depends on what happens tonight.”