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Posted : 2014-08-15 15:10
Updated : 2014-08-15 18:57

Ryu may not make next start next week

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, right, is examined by trainers and manager Don Mattingly, third from right, after injuring his right hip against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday. / EPA-Yonhap

By Kim Tae-jong

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin may not make his originally scheduled start next week due to a right hip muscle strain, manager Don Mattingly said Friday (Korean time).

"I don't feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn," Mattingly said. "So, let's say he can't pitch ― hypothetically can't pitch ― on his turn, but may be ready the next time."

The remark came after Ryu exited his start the previous day in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves due to the pain in his hip. He was replaced by Jamey Wright.

The left-handed pitcher will undergo an MRI scan when the Dodgers returns to Los Angeles following Friday's game, the team said, adding his status remains day to day until the team learns the results of the examination.

"I don't really have a lot of definitive information at this point," Mattingly said. "I'm hoping we'll find out tomorrow."

It seems that the Dodgers can take advantage of an off-day Tuesday. If Ryu cannot pitch on his next turn, he can avoid being placed on the disabled list, as the team could either simply utilize the off-day to skip Ryu's turn or give another spot start to Kevin Correia.

"On the off-days, that's where all the factors come in. And then again, you're pitching short. That's a hard thing to do, to go short with guys and then you overuse somebody, and then you put yourself in trouble. Obviously, we'll make a decision on all that, but we'll see," the manager said.

The absence of Ryu could be a serious setback to the Dodgers, who are leading the National League West Division. Ryu is 13-6 with an earned-run average of 3.28,

But right after his last game, Ryu said he is not worried about his injury much and expecting to recover quickly.

"I've never felt any pain in this particular area before, and I am a bit concerned," he said. "But I don't think this will be anything severe."


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