The Los Angeles Dodgers will most likely begin the season without the services of Hyun-Jin Ryu as the righthander is expected to be heading to the Disabled List. LA’s No. 3 starter experienced shoulder stiffness following his most recent Cactus League outing, a three inning effort against the Athletics, and has been shut down for the next few days after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection on Wednesday.
Ryu spent nearly a month on the DL in the early parts of last season with shoulder tenderness issues and then missed his final two scheduled starts in September before returning in the postseason.
The injury comes at a manageable time however as LA won’t need a fifth starter until April 13th or 14th.
“Obviously, we’re still concerned and cautious, and we’ll err on the side of caution,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
The news is not so good for the New York Mets.
Zack Wheeler is expected to miss 14 months as the right-hander is scheduled to have Tommy John Surgery next week.
“Of course I’m nervous about it, but you’ve got to do it and have that mindset when you’re coming back that you’re going to be 100 percent and better than you were before,” Wheeler said. “… I knew it probably eventually was going to happen. You aren’t meant to throw overhand and throw hard.”
Veteran right-hander Dillon Gee is the leading candidate to take Wheeler’s spot in the rotation, but New York also has prospects in Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz waiting for that life changing call-up to the big leagues.
“I think we have plenty of guys that can come in and take my spot and do well,” Wheeler said.
If the soon-to-be TJS recipient is correct, the Mets just may be in business in a wide open NL East.