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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-jin Ryu to have MRI Monday

By on 9/14/2014 09:15:00 AM

On Friday, in his second start after coming off the DL with a strained right hip, the left shoulder irritation which had sidelined Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu for three weeks during the spring resurfaced. As recommended by the team doctor, Ryu will undergo an MRI on Monday, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.  

In 26 starts, Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA (ERA+ 106), striking out 139 while walking 29 and allowing eight homers. The Dodgers, who are two games up on the San Francisco Giants for the NL West with 14 remaining games, plan to use rookie right-hander Carlos Frias for Ryu's next start, which is Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, manager Don Mattingly said.  If Ryu is not available for the postseason, the Dodgers could line up Dan Haren after Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

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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