Hyun-jin Ryu had a tough day at the office Friday night as he surrendered four runs to San Francisco Giants in the first inning. As bad as that sounds, the outing went further south for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Ryu came off the mound after the first and subsequently came out of the game with left shoulder irritation.
The Dodgers lost Ryu for nearly a month in April and May with the exact same injury. With only 15 games left, this injury could end the regular season and possibly the playoffs for the lefty.
The team announced after the game that team physician, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, is already in the San Francisco area and will examine Ryu on Saturday at some point. If the Dodgers lose Ryu, his turn in the rotation will go to Carlos Frias for the time being.
“I felt it during the warmup session before the game. It’s something I’ve felt before,” Ryu said through translator Martin Kim. “During the top of the first it got really uncomfortable. I wasn’t able to make the pitches I needed to and the results showed.”
It would be a big blow to the Dodgers playoff run if Ryu is lost for the season. It would mean the Dodgers would use either Frias or Roberto Hernandez for the fourth spot behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Dan Haren.