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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-Jin Ryu ready to start Game 3

By on 10/05/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday by the score of 3-2 to even the NLDS at one game apiece. Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a home run in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers the lead. One the injury front, Hyun-jin Ryu has been cleared to pitch and is scheduled to start Game 3 tomorrow at Busch Stadium.

I reported on October 1 that Ryu, who has not pitched in a game since September 12 because of inflammation in his left shoulder, could start Game 3 of the NLDS if he continued to progress in his recovery.

An update on Ryu, as reported by Barry M. Bloom of, is that he will take the mound for Game 3, making only his fourth start since August 13. Ryu recently threw a simulated game and has been cleared to start for the first time in over three weeks.

Manager Don Mattingly is confident with Ryu making the start in a pressure-packed game, despite the layoff.
"If it wasn't Hyun-Jin, I would probably be a lot more nervous. But he seems to be able to not throw a whole lot and be pretty sharp. I watched him throw his 'pens and stuff and it's like he doesn't really miss the glove that much. And he could be out 20, 21 days, that's usually the length before he pitches again, but in the middle he's pitching or throwing and he just seems sharp. He's got such a simple motion and delivery that it seems like he's playing pitch and catch."
Ryu finished his second Major League season with a record of 14-7 and a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts. He allowed 152 hits, walked 29 and struck out 139 in 152 innings. Ryu has a career record of 28-15 with a 3.17 ERA in 56 games.

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