UPDATE (July 19, 12:30 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers formally placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis.
After a stop-and-go recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Hyun-Jin Ryu made his long-awaited 2016 debut against the San Diego Padres on July 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Ryu pitched well early but was roughed up as fatigue began to set in, causing his velocity to drop. He was chased in the fifth inning and allowed six runs on eight hits and suffered the loss in a game the Los Angeles Dodgers were shut out in.
The start is the only Ryu has made this season, with his next slated to come Wednesday against the Washington Nationals after an extended period of time off for the All-Star break.
However, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Ryu is likely to miss his next turn in the rotation because of an elbow issue:
Sources have told Today’s Knuckleball that left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was originally slated to make his second start of the season on Wednesday, will instead miss that start — and quite possibly more to come — with what discomfort in his pitching elbow.
After making his first start of the season, Ryu didn’t report any unusual soreness in his throwing shoulder, which naturally was viewed as a positive. Considering Ryu was the fifth starter coming out of the break, the Dodgers may again need to tap into their depth in the Minors.
Brock Stewart, one conceivable who is already on the 40-man roster, is scheduled to start Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Jose De Leon, who isn’t on the 40-man roster, is listed as the probable for OKC’s game on Wednesday.
Clayton Kershaw is largely expected to return within the next few days, though he threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Saturday.