The left-hander sustained a right hip strain during his start Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. Ryu underwent an MRI early Friday and was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttache who diagnosed the southpaw with a grade 1-2 strain of “the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles of his right posterior hip area, which help stabilize the hip and leg during the throwing motion.”
Losing Ryu could be a big blow to the Dodgers with Josh Beckett already on the disabled list as well. Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA so he has put up some pretty good numbers for Los Angeles, however, they have had to deal with him being gone before.
This is the second time this season that Ryu has gone on the disabled list. In late April he suffered from shoulder soreness missing 20 games. Mattingly said that he wasn’t worried,
“Not as long as they keep pitching the way they have. We’ve gotten good outings. Kevin pitched good. Roberto has pitched good both times, so as long as guys keep pitching well, you’re not thinking about it too much.”
He’s referring to Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez. Correia will take Ryu’s spot in the rotation and Hernandez was recently acquired from the Phillies to take Beckett’s spot in the rotation. The team is going to recall Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Ryu’s spot on the active roster.
Ryu talked about his injury and doesn’t believe it to be too serious,
“Fortunately, it wasn’t anything too serious, I think a short bit of rest will heal me up, and I’ll be good. I definitely feel better than I did two days ago, so there’s improvement, which is definitely a good sign.”
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As of now there is no timetable for Ryu’s return. He is to be reevaluated in the next few days.