The Dodgers activated starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced via a press release Sunday. Sidelined since August 14 with a right hip strain, Ryu will make his 24th start of the season Sunday in San Diego.
Ryu’s return is welcomed by the Dodgers who have lost two in a row and three of five. In Ryu’s 14-game absence, Los Angeles has won only 7 games and has seen it’s division lead over the Giants cut in half from five games to 2 ½. A win today would salvage the series in which the Padres have beaten the Dodgers twice in a row in walk-off fashion.
With Ryu on the mound, the Dodgers take on Eric Stults at Petco Park. Ryu is the right man for the job; he’s held the Padres to one run in 19 innings this year and is 9-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 road starts. Ryu has flourished in 2014 as the team’s number three starter, going 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA. A winner in four of his last five decisions, Ryu has not lost two consecutive games this season. The last time the lefty dropped two straight was August 19 and 24 last year.
Signed by the Dodgers to a six-year $36 million contract before the 2013 season, Ryu has been everything the team hoped. His first year in the Major Leagues produced a 14-8 record and a 3.00 earned run average. Ryu’s numbers earned him a fourth-place finish in Rookie of the Year balloting.
To make room for Ryu, the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias to Triple-A Albuquerque. After making his big league debut on August 4, the 24-year old Frias has appeared in eight games, giving up nine runs in 14 1/3 innings.
Upon completion of the series with the Padres, the Dodgers return home for a nine-game-home stand against the Nationals, Diamondbacks, and the Padres before opening a three game showdown at San Francisco.