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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-Jin Ryu's MRI shows no structural damage

By on 9/16/2014 10:30:00 AM

Left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu will miss his next start, but the Dodgers received good news about his viability as a member of their postseason rotation: an MRI revealed no structural damage in his inflamed shoulder, according to Cody Ulm of

Ryu will not throw for four days after receiving a cortisone shot. Manager Don Mattingly would not say whether Ryu will make another start during the regular season. The Dodgers are heavy favorites to win the NL West as they lead the San Francisco Giants by four games with ten games remaining. If Ryu is not available for the postseason, the Dodgers could line up Dan Haren after Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Hyun-jin Ryu
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 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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