The Dodgers made a pair of roster moves Wednesday in order to activate Hyun-jin Ryu from the disabled list. Ross Stripling was placed on the 10-day DL with lower back inflammation and Tony Cingrani was moved to the 60-day DL.
Stripling was supposed to be available in the bullpen Tuesday behind Alex Wood, but developed a sore lower back. No word on if this back problem is as serious as the toe injury he just came off the DL from last week.
The piecing together of the pitching staff until rosters expand in September has been a juggling act, that’s for sure. Stripling figures to be a big part of what the Dodgers do in the bullpen down the stretch.
Cingrani had been on the DL since June 7 with a left shoulder strain and moving to the 60-day DL is a necessary move to get Ryu back on the 40-man roster. Players on the 60-day are temporarily moved off the 40-man.
There is still no timetable for Cingrani’s return after the reliever received a cortisone shot in his shoulder earlier in the month. But the team believes he will pitch in September.
Ryu will be making his first start since May 2 when he left his start with a torn groin after getting the first four outs. The left-hander allowed just seven runs in 29 2⁄3 innings over six starts to begin the season, going 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA.
As for the rest of the injured crew, Josh Fields is rehabbing in the Arizona Summer League and will move to Oklahoma City within the next few days. Daniel Hudson will likely come off the disabled list Friday in Seattle. Chase Utley will probably stay on the DL until September.
Kenley Jansen threw off the mound to hitters today.
“They didn’t even foul a ball off so I must have been nasty.”— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 15, 2018
(Hitters were not allowed to swing)
And this little nugget from Jon Weisman: