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Hyun-jin Ryu has cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to start before playoffs

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER -- It appears if Hyun-jin Ryu pitches again in 2014 it will be in the postseason, if at all. The Dodgers left-hander had a cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Monday in Los Angeles and will be shut down for four days without throwing.

Ryu also had an MRI exam with dye on his left shoulder and per team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache the results showed nothing different from Ryu's previous MRI in May, when the left-hander missed 23 days with left shoulder inflammation.

Ryu will rejoin the Dodgers in Chicago, where the Dodgers will play four games this weekend at Wrigley Field. Ryu will be reevaluated in Chicago, seeing how he responded to the cortisone shot, and at that point will determine a schedule for a submaximal throwing program.

The left-hander left Friday night's start after just one inning in San Francisco, after feeling irritation in his left shoulder.

With Ryu only throwing lightly and at the earliest on Friday, it's unlikely he would be able to make a start before the regular season ends, on Sunday, Sep. 28. Carlos Frias will start for Ryu on Wednesday in Denver, and it sounds like he will need to make at least one more start as well.

With the NLDS schedule, Game 3 is Oct. 6 and Game 4 is Oct. 7. If Ryu is able to be ready for one of those starts, it would be either 24 or 25 days after his last start, essentially the same timetable as his previous shoulder injury.