Carlos Frias matched a career high with six innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 2.55 in the Dodgers’ 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — When we reflect on today in the coming weeks and months, we probably won’t remember the Dodgers losing 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants. We’ll probably remember Hector Olivera passing a physical (particularly if his elbow becomes an issue in the future) and becoming a millionaire, and Hyun-Jin Ryu going from a “question mark phase” to a “Dr. Neal ElAttrache phase.” The two storylines are potentially related, and you can read about that here.
Don’t judge the book by its cover; the game offered a couple takeaways: One, sometimes good offenses don’t score. Two, Carlos Frias is fun to watch. He’s a rookie. He’s also 24 — not as young as Joc Pederson or even Yasiel Puig, but he’s just as raw as either of them in terms of showing emotion. I explored these truths in tonight’s game story.
The box score is here.
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.