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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-Jin Ryu will start throwing this weekend


By on 9/20/2014 12:00:00 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu expects to start throwing this weekend in preparation to return to the rotation in time for the postseason. The Dodgers have already clinched a playoff spot and will likely clinch the N.L. West in the early to middle part of the coming week. Ryu may not pitch again during the season's final 10 days, but his chances of pitching in the postseason look better.

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported late Saturday morning that Ryu will play catch at some point this weekend while the Dodgers are in Chicago.
In his Friday night report, Gurnick called Ryu's chances of pitching before the regular season ends "unlikely." However, if Ryu can throw this weekend without any issues, he could return when the postseason begins.



Gurnick quoted Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Friday night discussing what Ryu should look like once he returns to the mound. Said Mattingly,
"They said he would come to Chicago, and I kind of expected him to throw in Chicago. It makes me feel a little better that once he's back on a mound, he's pretty much there. His motion is so simple, he throws where he wants [and] doesn't need bullpen [sessions] between starts."
According to Gurnick's Saturday morning tweet, Ryu will throw either Saturday or Sunday.

Ryu pitched only one inning on September 12, and he allowed four earned runs, but Gurnick says that Ryu reported his shoulder feeling better since the Dodgers arrived in Chicago.

On the season, Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 26 starts. He also keeps the ball in the park, allowing only eight home runs in 152 innings. He also has a 4.79 K/BB ratio. Even though the Dodgers have strong pitching depth in Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Dan Haren, they could certainly use Ryu as their fourth starter in the postseason.

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