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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.