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Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to LA Dodgers, joins starting rotation against Padres

Hyun-Jin Ryu is back in the LA Dodgers’ starting rotation on Sunday (Aug. 31). By the Dodgers getting Ryu back, they again enter into the conversation for the best pitching staff in baseball. According to a report from the Los Angeles Register early Saturday (Aug. 30), his performances during bullpen sessions and simulated games have led the coaches and medical staff to give him a green light. He will now be activated from the disabled list in time to make a start against the San Diego Padres.

Clayton Kershaw is 16-3.
Clayton Kershaw is 16-3.Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the LA Dodgers on August 30, 2014.
Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the LA Dodgers on August 30, 2014.Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

The move by manager Don Mattingly is to have Roberto Hernandez pitch on Monday (Sept. 1) instead. They want Ryu on the mound against the Padres due to all the success he has had. In four career starts with the Dodgers against the Padres, he has a 3-0 record and a 0.71 ERA to his credit. That’s pretty remarkable and could point to the team finding another win in this game. Then there is Hernandez, who is 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA against the Nationals in four career starts.

In the 2014 MLB season, Ryu has made 23 starts and pitched 137 1/3 innings. He has a 13-6 overall record to go with a 3.28 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He was clearly missed during his time on the DL and the team will be very happy to have him back on the mound. Now the LA Dodgers starting rotation will boast Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren, and Roberto Hernandez. It rivals anything else in baseball, especially with the likely Cy Young winner (Kershaw) leading the way.