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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-jin Ryu expected to miss next start

By on 8/14/2014 12:43:00 PM

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu, who exited Wednesday night's game with trainers at his side, appeared to be limping Thursday and is expected to miss his next start with a strained right gluteus (upper leg-buttock) muscle, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

Ryu's next scheduled start would  be next Tuesday against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. The Times report speculates that if Ryu can’t pitch, Roberto Hernandez would be available that day on regular four-days' rest, as the Dodgers have a day off Monday. Another option would be to start swingman Kevin Correia.

The lefty is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA (ERA+ 108) in 23 starts. In 137.1 innings of work he has struck out 122, walked 27 and allowed eight home runs. From April 28 to May 21, Ryu was on the DL with left shoulder inflammation.

The Dodgers bid $27.1 million in December 2012 for the right to sign Ryu, then 25, out of South Korea. They inked the right hander to a six-year $36 million contact (2013-18), with a $5 million signing bonus and $1 million performance bonuses each year. If Ryu pitches 750 or more innings over the first five years of the contract, he can opt out of the sixth year, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Over seven seasons pitching for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, Ryu was 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA. He led the league in strikeouts five times and in ERA twice.

In 2013, Ryu went 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA (120 ERA+), striking out 154 in 192 innings.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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