The technical term for it is a strained glute, but forget the medical dictionary, we’ll call it what it is. Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is suffering from a strained butt muscle.
Ryu came out of Wednesday night’s game in the sixth inning with a pain in his butt, and after the game was diagnosed with a strain of a muscle in the area. Ryu doesn’t know if the butt muscle strain will cause him to miss a start.
Don Mattingly also doesn’t know if Ryu will have to miss a start, but says they should know more about the butt after Ryu undergoes an MRI. On his butt.
Ryu says he first began experiencing the butt pain while pitching to B.J. Upton in the sixth inning. He tried pitching through it but said “it kept getting worse and worse.”
Mattingly said he could tell something was wrong with Ryu when he saw “a couple pitches where he looked a little funny.”
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (who, being a catcher, knows a thing or two about having pain in his butt area) says he hopes that Ryu can come back soon (via L.A. Times):
“We’re all hopeful, fingers crossed, that Hyun-Jin will make that next start because he’s a huge part of our success and where we’re headed,” Ellis said.
Ryu took the loss in his butt-muscle-strain-shortened start, dropping to 13-6 on the season.