Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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Earlier this morning Jeff Passan reported that Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was considering shoulder surgery. Mark Saxon reports that Ryu has decided to go ahead and have it. Assuming Saxon is right, the surgery would end Ryu’s season. Ryu left Dodgers spring training due to a sore shoulder in late March and has been unable to work his way back.

The Dodgers planned on Ryu being their third starter this year, and his production in the past has justified it: throwing 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio since signing with Los Angeles in 2013.

But now it appears that we won’t see him in action until 2016.

 

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).