Dodgers vs. Rockies: Michael Young at SS, Hyun-jin Ryu's final start

Doug Pensinger

Young's last start at shortstop was Sept. 6, 2012, with the Rangers.

LOS ANGELES -- We have reached the end, folks, and it involves Michael Young at shortstop. The Dodgers end their regular season on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies, and their veteran infield acquisition returns to a position at which he was once very familiar.

Young played shortstop regularly for the Rangers for five seasons, from 2004-2008, and has started 775 games there in his career. But in the last five seasons he has only started five games at shortstop, and none this year.

Until Sunday.

We knew Hanley Ramirez would get Sunday off, and normally that would have meant a Nick Punto start at shortstop. But Punto is dealing with an ingrown toenail on his right foot and, while the injury isn't expected to affect Punto's status for the NLDS, he is likely unavailable on Sunday.

The other option to start at shortstop is Dee Gordon, but I'm guessing the Dodgers wanted Young to get some reps at shortstop, as he did on Saturday at second base, just to get acquainted again with the position in case he is needed there in an emergency situation in the playoffs.

Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford are back in the lineup as expected, and both Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis start as well, as does Adrian Gonzalez.

Hyun-jin Ryu starts the game with a 2.97 ERA, vying to give the Dodgers a third starter with a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time since 1988, when Orel Hershiser, Tim Leary and Tim Belcher turned the trick. Ryu has allowed 62 earned runs in 188 innings this season and is likely to be limited to five innings in his regular season finale, so he'll have to give up two runs or less to reach his December goal of an ERA in the twos.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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