Hyun-Jin Ryu to start Game 3 of NLDS vs. Cardinals

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Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t pitched in a game since September 12 due to shoulder inflammation, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register this afternoon that the southpaw will return to start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals next Monday.

Ryu was cleared after throwing 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game yesterday. He’ll be going on 23 days’ rest on Monday, so there’s some risk of rust, but the Dodgers are apparently confident that he’s healthy and ready to go. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 and Zack Greinke will pitch in Game 2 while Dan Haren is lined up to start Game 4 if necessary.

After an impressive rookie season in the majors, Ryu mostly duplicated that success this season, posting a 3.38 ERA and 139/29 in 152 innings over 26 starts.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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