NEW YORK -- The Dodgers on Wednesday activated Hyun-jin Ryu from the disabled list in order to make his scheduled start against the Mets in the second game of a series at Citi Field. In a corresponding move, Chris Withrow was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Ryu is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts this season, with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks in 39 innings. He was sidelined for 23 days with left shoulder inflammation after allowing six runs in five innings in a loss to the Rockies on April 27.
It was the first trip to the disabled list for Ryu since signing with the Dodgers before the 2013 season.
Withrow is the only pitcher on the staff besides Kenley Jansen with minor league options. Withrow probably has the best stuff on the staff, including Jansen, but has simply been all over the place this year. Among the 201 major league relievers with at least 10 innings, his 31.1 percent strikeout rate ranks 35th but his 20 percent walk rate is the second-worst in baseball.
With 18 walks, Withrow is tied for most on the Dodgers staff with Paul Maholm despite pitching 18⅔ fewer innings.
Withrow has allowed none of his six inherited runners to score and has actually allowed runs in just four of his 20 appearances, though one of those outings was on Saturday in Phoenix, when Withrow allowed five runs in 1⅔ innings against the Diamondbacks, including giving up his first home run of the season.