While the Los Angeles Dodgers are sorting through how to move along without Kenley Jansen for the time being, their pitching staff is poised to see the return of two starters.
It will begin Tuesday night with Alex Wood being activated off the 10-day disabled list for a start at Dodger Stadium against the San Francisco Giants. Wood has been out since Aug. 4 due to left adductor tendinitis.
The following night, Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to be reinstated from the DL and start in the series finale against the Giants, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com:
Hyun-Jin Ryu will come off the disabled list to start on Wednesday against the Giants, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday.
The southpaws returning this week coincide with the Dodgers making a decision to move Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen. With the club boasting a surplus of starters, Maeda and Stripling always seemed the most likely to be utilized as relievers; with Wood in the conversation as well.
Wednesday’s start will be Ryu’s first for the Dodgers since he suffered a severe groin strain in an outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks on My 2. He pitched for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment, then joined Oklahoma City.
It was initially believed that Ryu would potentially make a third rehab start before being activated. However, it can be deduced that Jansen’s heart trouble and stint on the disabled list, played a role in the Dodgers adjusting their plan.
In addition to placing Ryu on the active roster, the Dodgers will also need to make a corresponding move on their 40-man roster due to him being on the 60-day disabled list.