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.