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Hyun-Jin Ryu exits start against Cardinals with strained groin

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Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed in the second inning of Monday’s start in St. Louis against the Cardinals with a strained left groin, SportsNetLA’s Alanna Rizzo reports. Ryu recorded five outs, yielding a pair of runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Injuries were the big concern for the Dodgers’ starting rotation entering the season. Ryu could join fellow rotation mates Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill on the injured list. The Dodgers should pass along more information on Ryu’s status later tonight or on Tuesday.

Ryu, 32, pitched well in his first two starts of the season, limiting the opposition to three runs on 10 hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts over 13 innings.

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.