Hyun-Jin Ryu shut down, sent back to Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu after experiencing pain in his left shoulder while playing catch Sunday. He will be traveling back to Los Angeles to meet with the team doctor, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN.

Manager Don Mattingly said Ryu will start the season on the disabled list. He had shoulder discomfort last season, but managed to relax for a month and pitched without pain down the stretch.

Ryu, 27, has posted a 3.17 ERA, 2.97 FIP in 344 innings the last two seasons with a combined fWAR of 7.4 in 56 appearances. He is entering his third major league season after signing with the Dodgers before the 2013 season.

“I think he’s feeling something. If he was feeling nothing, we wouldn’t be trying to get him in front of Doc,” Mattingly said to Mark Saxon of ESPN. “We know to move forward it’s going to be a heavier workload, so we’ve got to be sure where we’re at. I saw the look on Hyun-Jin’s face and it wasn’t typical Hyun-Jin.”

Now that Ryu is likely out for a while, Los Angeles is reportedly searching the market for a starter to fill the rotation. They’ve been rumored to Phillies’ LHP Cole Hamels in the past, but Joe Wieland looks like the front-runner right now for the job. Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger are other in-house options.

“We’ve been looking for starting pitching depth all offseason and that’s kind of continued into camp,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said to Saxon. “This is just a hard time to go out there and acquire starting pitching depth. We’re fielding calls from teams that are asking us about our starting pitching depth, so there aren’t a lot of starting pitching sellers right now.”

Steamer projects Ryu in 2015 to post a 3.29 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 2.1 fWAR in 143 innings. ZiPs projects Ryu to post a 3.26 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 3.0 fWAR in 169 innings.

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