Hyun-Jin Ryu does not have structural damage, could be available for playoffs

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Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu exited his Friday start after just one inning with shoulder pain, but an MRI revealed relatively positive news: Ryu does not have structural damage and has been diagnosed with inflammation.

He’ll be shut down for at least four days after getting a cortisone injection and then re-evaluated at that point in terms of potentially beginning a throwing program. Based on manager Don Mattingly’s comments to the media, it sounds like the Dodgers don’t expect Ryu to pitch again during the regular season but are holding out some hope that he could be ready for the playoffs.

Before the injury Ryu went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 139/29 K/BB ratio in 152 innings, more or less duplicating his standout rookie campaign.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.