On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Hyun-Jin Ryu was considering surgery on his left shoulder and on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed those reports.
Ryu has not made a start this season due to the shoulder and was set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Thursday morning. According to Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA, the left-hander had successful surgery and he received a timetable:
Ryu had successful surgery this AM. He's not expected to pitch this year. Hopeful for Spring Training next year. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 21, 2015
The loss of Ryu leaves the Dodgers without their original third and fourth starters for the year, as Brandon McCarthy tore his UCL and had Tommy John surgery. Left-hander Brett Anderson has moved to the third spot and has been joined by Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger. The Dodgers have used nine different starting pitchers this season.
As for Ryu, the 28-year-old has won 14 games in his first two years in the big leagues and has a combined 3.17 ERA. He had yet to throw 200 innings in a season, and he made that his goal for 2015, but he will fall short of that goal. Ryu started the spring with a back injury that caused him to miss some time, and then he was shut down with shoulder stiffness. He was originally expected to return in mid-May, but he was once again shut down after decreased velocity in a bullpen session.
With Ryu out for the season, expect the Dodgers to be rumored and linked to any starting pitcher on the trading block over the next few months. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir are the first names that come to mind, and more could hit the block as teams fall out of the playoff race.
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