Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is reportedly weighing the possibility of having a “clean-up” procedure on his left shoulder. (Associated Press photo)
When Hyun-Jin Ryu
‘s throwing program was shut down May 1 because of a noticeable drop in velocity, there were two foreseeable outcomes.
One, that Ryu would rest up and be able to start pitching again at a normal velocity. Two, that there was a more serious underlying cause to the velo drop than the Dodgers were willing to publicly speculate. If it was the latter, surgery would be a realistic if undesirable consequence.
There was plenty of speculation over the last two weeks among the Korean-language media — incorrect or at least premature — that pointed to the latter. So it was again today:
Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t thrown off a mound since his last bullpen two weeks ago. (Associated Press photo)
Friday marks two weeks since the last time Hyun-Jin Ryu threw off a mound, and he has no timetable to resume.
“We’re in the question mark phase,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Ryu has spent the entire season on the disabled list as he recovers from a bout of inflammation in his left shoulder. Ryu had begun throwing fairly regularly in April until his last bullpen, when the injury caused enough pain for the Dodgers to order him to stop throwing for a few days. A few days has now become two weeks.
MILWAUKEE — Hyun-Jin Ryu experienced a setback in his rehab from left shoulder inflammation and hasn’t thrown off a mound since Friday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ryu’s next bullpen outing is to be determined.
“I know they didn’t feel like the last bullpen — he was 82 or 83 (miles per hour) — and they didn’t feel it was progressing the way they wanted so they wanted to give him a few days off,” Mattingly said. “I think the time before he was a couple miles up. That one he wasn’t. They were kind of worried about the ‘tired arm thing.’ I think that was one of those bullpen, off day, bullpen — so they wanted to give him (time off) and see what happens.”
Ryu is not traveling with the Dodgers this week.
MILWAUKEE — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu isn’t travelling with the Dodgers on their 7-game road trip this week as previously planned. Ryu will continue his rehab in Los Angeles and throw to a live batter at some point this week, manager Don Mattingly said Monday.
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Yasiel Puig will be the batter. He’s also in Los Angeles recovering from a strained left hamstring and is slated to go on a minor-league rehab assignment at some point this week.
Ryu was transfered to the 60-day disabled list today as a procedural move to make room for new pitcher Matt West on the 40-man roster.
Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen allowed two singles and struck out one batter in one inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga today. Jansen threw a scoreless inning in his first rehab game Friday and is expected to make five or six appearances before he’s cleared to return.
Jansen has been sidelined all season as he rehabs from February foot surgery.
Right-hander Brandon League (shoulder inflammation) threw off a mound for the first time since spring training Sunday. He threw 15 pitches at submaximal effort and “seemed to get better as he went on,” according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) is expected to throw a bullpen tomorrow in Milwaukee, then face live hitters for the first time at some point during the Dodgers’ seven-game road trip through Milwaukee and Denver.
Right-hander Joel Peralta (dead arm) continues to suffer from a dead arm. “A lot of the same, not making any true progress, still kind of in a holding pattern,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see where that goes.”
Peralta will not travel with the club this week.