The Dodgers added and subtracted from their disabled list while making a pair of corresponding roster moves Wednesday afternoon. In a press release, the team announced the return of pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu from the DL and the placement of infielder Juan Uribe on the shelf. Los Angeles also optioned reliever Chris Withrow to the minor leagues and recalled infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena from Double-A.
Ryu, sidelined with left shoulder inflammation, got the start in tonight’s game in New York against the Mets, his first appearance since April 27th against the Rockies. The 27-year old went six innings and got the win, improving to 4-2 on the season. When the Mets scored two on Ryu in the sixth inning they snapped his road scoreless streak at 34 innings. All of the lefty’s wins this season have come away from Dodger Stadium.
Owner of a 2.95 earned run average, Chris Withrow now heads to Triple-A Albuquerque. In 21 1/3 innings, he has struck out 28 batters and held opposing hitters to a .143 batting average.
The team was hoping Uribe’s strained right hamstring would not require a trip to the disabled list. A finalist for the Gold Glove Award last year, Uribe was hitting .303 with 18 RBI in 40 games this season. Taking his place is Erisbel Arruebarrena, the 24-year old Cuban defector. In 25 games with Double-A Chattanooga, Arruebarrena hit .208 with four doubles, a triple, one home run and six runs batted in. The Dodgers are encouraged by his recent performance -- he’s hit safely in six of the last seven games, going 11-for-29.
Arruebarrena was signed to a five-year $25 million deal before Spring Training. In 437 games as a professional in Cuba, he his .276 with 67 doubles, 27 homers, and 171 RBI. Los Angeles hopes he eventually pushes Hanley Ramirez form shortstop to third base. Known as a defensive specialist, scouts question Arruebarrena’s ability to hit big league pitching. He did not play in tonight’s game, his first as in a big league uniform.