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Dodgers News: Cy Young Candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu Placed on IL with Neck Injury

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 2, 2019

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 31: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 10-day injured list due to neck soreness, retroactive to Thursday, the team announced Friday. 

In a corresponding move, right-handed pitchers Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin will be on the club's active roster as of Friday night. 

The 32-year-old pitcher last started Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Colorado in which he tossed six innings and allowed no earned runs. Ryu holds an MLB-leading 1.53 ERA and National League-leading 0.936 WHIP through 21 starts this season, per Baseball Reference, as well as an 11-2 record.

Ryu's top-tier production so far in 2019 earned him his first career All-Star nod, and he served as the NL starter. 

The Dodgers can be encouraged by the fact Ryu has already overcome an injury this season as he was sent to the 10-day IL in April with a strained groin. Last season, contrastingly, the southpaw suffered a more severe groin injury in May and did not return until Aug. 15. 

Other Dodgers starters on the injured list include Rich Hill (left forearm strain) and Ross Stripling (stiff neck, right biceps tendinitis). 

As a result, the Dodgers turn their attention to May, who is making his first MLB start Friday night. 

"Forty-five minutes after the organization failed to acquire the sort of starting or relief pitching many expected it to [at the trade deadline], May had received the call," Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown wrote earlier Friday.

Brown added: "The Dodgers will spend the next two months auditioning jobs for the postseason, two or three of those in the bullpen ahead of Kenley Jansen. May would be among those options."

The Dodgers enter Friday night's matchup with the San Diego Padres with a 72-39 record and commanding 16-game lead in the NL West.