Hyun-Jin Ryu Injury: Updates on Dodgers SP's Shoulder and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Yasiel Puig welcomed Ryu back on Instagram, captioning the picture with "My friends hyun jin Ryu come today Thanks god Im very happy go korean go Ryu go dodgers":

Updates from Sunday, May 18

Don Mattingly updated Hyun-Jin Ryu's status prior to Sunday's game (via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com):

Updates from Friday, May 16

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick has an update on Ryu's status:

Updates from Sunday, May 11

Hyun-Jin Ryu is continuing his rehab as he tries to return to the Dodgers (via Pedro Moura of the OC Register):

Updates from Friday, May 9

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provides an update on Hyun-Jin Ryu's injury:

Updates from Monday, May 5

Don Mattingly updated Hyun-Jin Ryu's status as he tries to come back from an injured shoulder (via the Dodgers):

Updates from Sunday, May 4

Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register updated Hyun-Jin Ryu's injured shoulder after being placed on the disabled list:

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It's a good thing that Clayton Kershaw is coming back soon. The Los Angeles Dodgers lost another starting pitcher, with Hyun-Jin Ryu headed for the disabled list.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that Ryu is suffering from an inflamed shoulder. He picked up the injury in his last start, when he gave up five earned runs in five innings to the Colorado Rockies. The good news is that Ryu won't have to go in for an MRI:

He will, however, be placed on the 15-day DL, per Fox Sports: MLB:

Orange County Register reporter Bill Plunkett had more on the injury:

In his first seven starts of 2014, Ryu has gone 3-2 and posted a 3.00 earned run average. Although he's not having the year that either Dan Haren or Zach Greinke is, his steady presence in the rotation has helped to make up for Kershaw's absence.

The Dodgers are only a half-game behind the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the National League West heading into Friday night.

Los Angeles has what might be a tough three-game series with the Florida Marlins coming up. Ryu was scheduled to pitch in the third game, on May 4, but that will obviously have to change now. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reported that the team will call up a new starting pitcher, rather than moving anybody up or down in the rotation:

While this is a tough blow in the interim, the Dodgers will no doubt have an easier time getting over Ryu's injury once Kershaw returns.