Hyun-Jin Ryu Injury: Updates on Dodgers Pitcher's Gluteus Strain and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2014

Aug 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) reacts after injuring himself in the sixth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31

The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed Hyun-Jin Ryu's return to the team:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register provides an update on Hyun-Jin Ryu's status:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has the results of Hyun-Jin Ryu's simulated game: "Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu said he felt no pain while throwing a two-inning simulated game on Wednesday and could return to the starting rotation on Sunday or Monday."


Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Hyun-Jin Ryu's next step will be on Wednesday according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports on the earliest return date for Ryu:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Hyun-Jin Ryu is throwing again, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

The Dodgers announced an update on Hyun-Jin Ryu's status:

ESPN's Mark Saxon provided more details:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported on Hyun-Jin Ryu's status for his next start:

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Thursday he isn't counting on Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his next start.

“I don’t feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn,” Mattingly said.

Ryu strained a right buttock muscle in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. The left-hander appeared to be walking with a limp Thursday morning, and Mattingly confirmed that the left-hander is “still feeling something.”


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The Los Angeles Dodgers' medical staff has been working overtime this year, and it won't be receiving a respite anytime soon after Hyun-Jin Ryu left Wednesday night's game with a "right gluteus muscle strain":

After the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register spoke with Ryu and manager Don Mattingly about the injury: 

Ryu made it through 5.2 innings before signalling for the trainer. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon, the lefty sensed something was wrong, and that was the end of his night:

The fact that the 27-year-old is only listed as day-to-day is at least good news for the Dodgers. For the time being, it looks like Ryu will avoid the disabled list, unlike Josh Beckett, who was placed on the 15-day DL last week.

Even a pitching staff as deep and talented as Los Angeles' can't afford to watch two starting pitchers go down within a week of one another. Ryu's been a solid contributor on the mound, entering Wednesday night with a 13-5 record and 3.21 ERA.