The Dodgers snapped their four-game losing streak last night with a 2-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While the fact that the Dodgers were able to snap their losing skid was encouraging, the team suffered yet another significant injury to the team’s rotation.
Last night’s starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 2.12 ERA), suffered a groin strain after just 1 1/3 innings. The injury is reported to be a tear of the muscle off the bone, and Ryu is expected to to be out until after the All-Star break. Top prospect Walker Buehler is the front-runner to take Ryu’s spot in the rotation and is in line to start the opening game in the series against the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico.
The reports that Ryu will miss at least half the season is another blow for Dodger fans. Ryu was off to a sensational start this season, holding runners to a .154 average and striking out 36 in 29 2/3 innings. Ryu joins Rich Hill as starters who to go on the disabled list. However, AM570 reporter David Vassegh is reporting that Hill could return to the rotation this Sunday.
With the imminent return of Hill to the rotation, the Dodgers rotation for the upcoming five games is Alex Wood (Thurs.), Walker Buehler (Fri.), Kenta Maeda (Sat.), Rich Hill (Sun.), Clayton Kershaw (Tue.).
The loss of Ryu adds to an already frustrating start of the season for Dodger fans. Ryu was showing flashes of his first two season. Unfortunately for Ryu, he has struggled to stay healthy and now we can add the first half of this season to the past two seasons.
On a bright side, this means that Dodger fans will get to have all the Walker Buehler they can handle. Buehler has had two solid starts since his call-up on April 23rd and has a 1-0 record with a 1.80 ERA. Buehler has yet to pitch past five innings so there is no doubt Dave Roberts will hope to get more length out of the young right-hander. But there’s no question that we will see more of the hard-throwing 23-year old.
How big of an impact do you think Ryu’s injury is to the Dodgers’ rotation? Should the front office look to make a move to replace Ryu or sit tight until the trade deadline? We’re all Dodger Fiends here so let us know what you think!