Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely Lost For Season

Los Angeles Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu will have shoulder surgery and may miss the rest of the 2015 season.

Initial News of Ryu’s decision to get surgery surfaced in Korean newspapers yesterday. The Dodgers have not announced Ryu’s surgery, however team president Andrew Friedman has said in the past that surgery was being discussed. Ryu was scheduled to meet with team physician Neal El Attrache Tuesday evening.

Ryu’s latest MRI did not show a torn labrum or any major structural damage, so the goal of the procedure would likely be discovering and cleaning up whatever is causing the inflammation in his left shoulder. Ryu’s first attempt to return without surgery in March was aborted when he felt tightness in the shoulder during a bullpen session. Ryu has not pitched at all this year, beginning the season Dodgers’ season on the disabled list.

“It hasn’t progressed as quickly as we all hoped, and he’s worked extremely hard to get back. It just isn’t happening as quickly as he would like,” Friedman said.

“It’s not a totally clear-cut, black-and-white issue. It’s more involved than that. We have an excellent doctor in ElAttrache and a very good medical department ,and everyone is putting their heads together to see what makes the most sense.”

Ryu looks to be the second Dodgers starter to be lost to season ending surgery. Earlier this year, Brandon McCarthy had Tommy John elbow surgery and is expected to be out until mid next season.

Ryu is 28-15 with a 3.17 ERA in two seasons for the Dodgers.