GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu continued to feel discomfort in his left shoulder during a throwing session on Sunday, and was sent to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Ryu will not be ready to start the regular season.
Ryu received an anti-inflammatory injection in his left shoulder on Wednesday after complaining of discomfort the morning after his Tuesday start. Earlier Sunday, Ryu was optimistic to continue his throwing program, telling manager Don Mattingly he felt 100 percent after the injection. But after the shortened workout, Mattingly saw a different Ryu in the trainers room.
"I saw the look on his face, and it wasn't typical Hyun-jin," Mattingly said.
In 2014, Ryu missed two extended stints with shoulder inflammation, once in April-May and again in September-October. In both cases Ryu was able to return 24 days after his last start.
The Dodgers could maneuver the rotation that they only need a fifth starter one time in their first 16 games, but the most likely scenario is that they go the first seven games or so before adding a fifth starter to the roster. Mattingly said the Dodgers have a number of options to fill in for Ryu in the short term, mentioning Joe Wieland, Zach Lee, Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger specifically as options to start. All four of those pitchers were optioned to minor league camp on March 16.
"We've been working with all the guys we sent out, it was all about getting them innings and getting prepared. Not only for their season, but if we needed options for our season," Mattingly said. "We've got a number of guys."