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.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.