Dodgers’ lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu placed on DL due to muscle strain

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list after straining two muscles in his right buttock pitching against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday.

Ryu threw a 3-2 ball and motioned to the dugout as trainer Stan Conte went to him right after the pitch.

Kevin Correia, who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins, will take Ryu’s spot in the team rotation.

The MRI revealed a Grade 1-2 strain of Ryu’s gluteus medius and piriformis muscles.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said there is no timetable yet because the injury is rare, but he is confident that Ryu will not miss the rest of the season.

Mattingly said, “We feel good about this in the sense that it’s not an elbow or a knee. It’s a muscle strain, and it’s going to heal.”

Ryu injured the muscle as he planted and balanced his weight through the pitch, according to ESPN.

He stated that in a scale of 1-10, the pain he is feeling is definitely a seven making him leave the game.

“I feel regret that I didn’t take care of myself better and avoid something like this,” Ryu shared through an interpreter.

The Dodgers have already lost a number of pitchers during the season due to injuries.

Right-hander Josh Beckett is already on the disabled list.

Although Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are still on for the Dodgers, both already had their names on the DL list this season.

Mattingly stated, “As long as those guys keep pitching well, you don’t really think about it too much.”

Ryu is 13-6 and is averaging a 3.28 ERA this season for the Dodgers.

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