Hyun-Jin Ryu landed on the disabled list late last week due left shoulder inflammation, but it sounds like his absence from the Dodgers’ rotation could be brief.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters this afternoon that Ryu is pain-free and will begin a throwing program tomorrow. Dr. Neal ElAttrache didn’t feel that an MRI was necessary, which is a positive sign. Ryu told reporters via his interpreter last Friday that he dealt with a similar situation in 2011 and was back to normal in about 10 days. The Dodgers would obviously sign up for that.
Ryu has a 3.00 ERA and 31/11 K/BB ratio in 39 innings across seven starts this season, but he was knocked around for five runs on nine hits over five innings in his most recent start on April 27 against the Rockies.
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.