Uh oh: Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves start with left shoulder irritation

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A troubling development for the Dodgers here, as left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was forced to exit his start against the Giants last night after just one inning due to left shoulder irritation.

Ryu was hit hard in his one inning of work, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk. Brooks Baseball notes that he averaged 89.1 mph on his fastball, a couple of ticks under his average velocity of 91.6 mph for the season.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ryu said that he had “a little pain, a little stiffness” during pre-game warm-ups and feels “very similar” to when he landed on the disabled list in May. He missed 3 1/2 weeks last time, so suddenly his availability for the remainder of the regular season and the postseason is in question. We should know more on his status after he is examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache today, but it’s a concern.

After a successful rookie season, Ryu has compiled a 3.38 ERA and 139/29 K/BB ratio in 152 innings across 26 starts this season.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.