LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu left his start against the Giants in the third inning after taking a line drive off his pitching arm. He suffered a left forearm contusion, and was taken for X-rays, which were negative.
“I thought he was throwing the ball well,” manager Dave Roberts said after the game. “It’s a good thing the X-rays were negative, and we’ll see tomorrow how he responds to treatment.”
Joe Panik hit a 94-mph liner back to the mound that deflected directly off Ryu’s pitching hand. Ryu recovered to field the ball and throw Panik out at first base, but then immediately dropped his glove and clutched his left arm.
After a long meeting on the infield with trainer Nate Lucero, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Roberts. Ryu left the game. Ross Stripling finished the inning in relief for the Dodgers.
Ryu, who allowed a run on three hits in his 2⅓ innings on Saturday, is in the running for a postseason roster spot, though it is unknown whether his October role — if healthy — would be as a starter or in relief.
“It seems like a short amount of days [between now and the NLDS], but a lot can happen. To make a decision right now doesn’t seem responsible,” Roberts said on Friday. “[Ryu will] make his start tomorrow, then we’ll reassess.”