One of the few bright spots in a dismal start to the Dodgers’ 2018 season is the latest on the team to suffer an injury. Hyun-jin Ryu left Wednesday night’s game in the second inning with a left groin strain. It sounds like Ryu could miss some time, but we’ll find out more on Thursday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will have an MRI tomorrow, Dave Roberts said. Roberts described it as a “pretty good” strain. “It’s a big loss,” he said.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 3, 2018
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s strain was a “pretty good one,” Dave Roberts said, which I assume is a pretty bad thing for him and the Dodgers.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 3, 2018
Ryu got ahead of Deven Marrero 0-2 in the second inning but on the second pitch Ryu’s right leg buckled as he landed on his delivery. That prompted a visit from trainer Nate Lucero and manager Dave Roberts, and an immediate exit from the game.
Pedro Baez came in in relief of Ryu.
With his 1⅓ scoreless innings on Wednesday, Ryu sports a staff-leading 2.12 ERA and 36 strikeouts with 10 walks in 29⅔ innings. He looked like his old self prior to left shoulder surgery that wiped out nearly two seasons of his career.
The Dodgers are already without one starting pitcher with Rich Hill and his cracked fingernail on the disabled list, though he is expected to start Sunday when the Dodgers are in Mexico. They also have Walker Buehler at the ready, likely for the opener against the Padres.