For the first time since 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have a home playoff game though there was some concern as to who would be taking the mound in the pivotal Game 3.
The Dodgers, who are currently tied at one game apiece in their National League Division series with the Atlanta Braves were scheduled to throw starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, however, Ryu was spotted working out this week wearing a compression sleeve – not exactly common for healthy pitchers. Add in the fact that his bullpen session was watched by team surgeon Neal ElAttrache along with head trainer Stan Conte and something clearly was up.
Despite that, Ryu says he’s feeling fine and will take the hill Sunday evening for Los Angeles:
Ryu generally does not throw bullpen sessions between starts, and especially not two days before a start. He appeared to throw without discomfort.
Asked about his arm after Game 1, Ryu said he was “fine” and that he was wearing the sleeve to “keep my arm loose.”
If for some reason Ryu isn’t able to go, likely Game 4 starter Ricky Nolasco would take the mound in replacement.