The Los Angeles Dodgers already took one blow to their rotation by losing newly signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy for the season to Tommy John surgery. They have taken yet another blow now. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles has confirmed previous reports that left-handed pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu will undergo shoulder surgery to figure out the cause of the inflammation of his shoulder that has prevented him from pitching in a regular season game this year.
The southpaw was set to begin his third season with the Dodgers after signing a six-year, $36 million deal out of Korea in 2012. He has put up solid results for the Dodgers, posting a 3.17 ERA across 344 innings of work with a 7.7 SO/9 ratio over the past two seasons. Losing him for the rest of the season is definitely a devastation for this team. They hope to have him back next season at the earliest.
The Dodgers’ pitching staff was already thinned out when they lost McCarthy; now it is really thin since they have lost not one but two of their regular starters in their rotation. At this point they really only have a three-man rotation, headed by left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw and followed by right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke and left-handed starter Brett Anderson. Anderson is still a little unproven due to his injury-filled history, so really the workload will fall on Kershaw and Greinke at this point. Their current other two starters are righties Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias. Both pitchers have actually put up solid results at this point but don’t be surprised to see the Dodgers intensify their efforts to look for more starting pitching on the trade market.
This is a team that has serious World Series aspirations and would probably like to have at least one more proven pitcher in their rotation by the time the postseason comes around as Anderson, Bolsinger and Frias all have zero experience pitching in the postseason. Such options on the trade market would include right-handed ace Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds or righty Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals. Both of those pitchers will fetch a high price on the market though, and the Dodgers may be more inclined to go for someone like Milwaukee Brewers‘ right-handers Kyle Lohse or Matt Garza as the Brewers are rumored to be on the verge of a fire sale given their poor start to the season. Nonetheless keep an eye out for the Dodgers’ name to come up in trade conversations over the course of the season as the trade deadline draws nearer.
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