The Los Angeles Dodgers tout one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. For the all hype and buzz around the team and all of the uncertainty about its overpaid outfielders, it is the studs at the top of the rotation that keep this team at the top of the National League West.
One might call their trio of top starting pitchers a “big three,” but realistically only two of the pitchers are well known: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The man who is sometimes overlooked is Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has been sensational for the last two years. This year Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA and an 8 K/9 mark.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Ryu was placed on the disabled list this weekend with a glute strain. Per Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles:
The Dodgers put pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with two strained muscles in his right buttock, the team announced Friday…
…Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the timetable for Ryu’s return is fuzzy because the injury is relatively rare, but he said the team is confident Ryu won’t miss the remainder of the season and could help in its pennant race and the playoffs, if it qualifies.
For somebody who says he is confident, Mattingly did not exactly present confidence in the timetable offered for Ryu’s return.
The Dodgers added some starting pitching depth this month with back-end guys like Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia. Ideally they would have liked to avoid tapping into that depth, but now they will be forced to, possibly for the remainder of the regular season.