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.
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.