With the regular season coming to a close on Sunday afternoon, the focus for the Los Angeles Dodgers has now shifted towards next week when the playoffs begin. The biggest question mark for the team is the health of starter Hyun-jin Ryu who left his September 12 start after just an inning with shoulder inflammation.
Ryu threw a bullpen session off a mound for the first time Friday and there was no report of pain on Saturday. The Dodger left-hander will throw a “Full on pen” tomorrow to continue testing the shoulder. The Dodgers should know more about Ryu’s status for the playoffs on Monday. At this point Ryu is on track to start Game 3 of the NLDS but there is still a couple hurdles to clear.
Clayton Kershaw –aside from announcing he and his wife, Ellen, are expecting a child in January — will throw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. Kershaw will go nine days in between starts will have a normal bullpen session in between the simulated game and Friday.
The Dodgers didn’t take batting practice before Saturday’s game with Colorado and manager Don Mattingly casually mentioned that the Dodgers might do just that occasionally in the playoffs.
“We had pretty good success in Chicago with our energy, I felt like, without the (batting practice),” said Mattingly. “It gets to be one of those things that you do every day, every day, every day. So that kinda wears you down mentally so it’s just been kind of a mental break for us.”
Zack Greinke, much like Dan Haren Saturday, will be held to a limited outing on Sunday. The two are expected to throw no more than five innings in their final tuneup for the postseason.
Dee Gordon left Saturday’s game after the first inning with irritation in his right hip. It is an injury that cropped up earlier in the season on a road trip to Kansas City in June. Gordon didn’t miss significant time and is listed as day-to-day now. It’s a safe bet Gordon will not be in the lineup Sunday and will get nearly a week to rest before the playoffs begin October 3.