One certainty that’s come with the Los Angeles Dodgers placing Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list is he’s unavailable for a minimum of 15 days.
Aside from that, not much is known regarding the glute strain the southpaw suffered and how pitchers typically respond or recover from such an injury. Manager Don Mattingly said the team expects to know more in the coming days, via Everett Cook of the LA Times:
We’ll probably know a lot more in three, four, five days, what he’s going to be able to do,” Mattingly said. “This is not an injury they’ve seen a whole lot of, there haven’t been a bunch of guys with this that they see. The timetable will be determined kind of how he goes.”
Despite the uncertainty, Mattingly expects Ryu back this season, which the pitcher also was confident in:
I don’t think anyone at this point feels like he’s not coming back.” Mattingly said. “We feel pretty good about, there’s no tear in his elbow or anything like that. This is a muscle strain, it’s going to heal, and he’s going to be back.”
Although Mattingly expressed confidence in what’s left of the starting rotation, he acknowledged Ryu will be missed:
I just think he’s a quality starter every time he goes out there,” Mattingly said. “He gives you a good chance to win, and that’s just not easy to find. I think we’re going to miss that.”
Without Ryu, Kevin Correia gets placed backed in the starting rotation. Correia made a spot-start for the Dodgers in Atlanta and in doing so, gave the starting rotation an extra day of rest.
Correia threw six innings and allowed one run in his Dodger debut. Before being traded to the Dodgers, the right-hander was 5-13 with a 4.35 ERA.
Along with Correia, Dan Haren may help offset the loss of Ryu if he’s able to remain on track. After losing five consecutive decisions, Haren has rebounded to go 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last two starts.
The Dodgers catch a bit of break as their schedule provides off-days on Aug. 18, 25 and 28, which will allow Mattingly some flexibility in resetting his rotation should he choose to do so.
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