Injury Update: Ryu and Fields Perform Well in Rehab Appearances

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Hyun-Jin Ryu: AAA Rehab Start

The fifth starter in the Dodgers’ Opening Day rotation made a five inning appearance in Reno with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers yesterday evening. Ryu was arguably having the best season of any Dodgers starter prior to suffering a groin injury and being placed on the 60-day DL on June 2nd. In six starts before his injury, Ryu went 3-0 with a 2.12 earned run average and a 0.88 walks and hits per innings pitched.

In his rehab start, Ryu went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and no walks. Ryu also struck out three batters in the outing, tossing a total seventy-one pitches; fifty-one for strikes. Oklahoma City did go on to lose the game however, giving Ryu a 0-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in AAA this season. The Reno Aces would win, 8-2.

With the depth that the Dodgers have at the starting pitcher position, the Dodgers should feel no rush to throw Ryu back into the ring. Ryu’s seventy-one pitch, five inning outing was well pitched, but another rehab start would probably be sufficient and helpful to Ryu’s recovery. The Dodgers have Kershaw, Hill, Stripling, Maeda, and Buehler to throw in the big leagues. With the returns of Julio Urias and Alex Wood impending, it would make sense to keep Ryu rehabbing until he feels well and ready to pitch for the Major League club again.

Josh Fields: AZL Rehab Start

While Josh Fields is a relief pitcher in the upper leagues, he made his rehab appearance as the starter for the AZL Dodgers yesterday evening. Fields had suffered a shoulder injury in late June earlier this season, and was placed on the 10-day DL on June 28th.

In 2018, Josh Fields has come out of the ‘pen for the Dodgers thirty-seven times, carrying an ERA of 2.36 with twenty-eight strikeouts. Fields’ current ERA is the lowest of his career. Last night for the AZL Dodgers, Fields threw one inning, allowing no runs on two hits. Fields punched out one in the opening frame.

Fields’ return to the MLB bullpen could make a huge difference to the Dodgers, who many fans and analysts believe do need a boost in the relief pitching department. Tony Cingrani should also be on the way back soon, padding the Dodgers’ bullpen even further. Along with pitchers who primarily throw in relief, the Dodgers’ surplus of starters who will presumably have to move to a spot in the bullpen will also build strength for LA.

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.