LOS ANGELES – Hyun-Jin Ryu woke up with stiffness on the right side of his neck on Thursday morning. Twenty-four hours later, the discomfort persisted, prompting the Los Angeles Dodgers to put their best starter jug on the list of casualties for seemingly precautionary reasons.
Dodgers Dave Roberts said he expected Ryu to miss a runout 11-2 in a Major League Best 1.53 ERA.
"I do not think it's going to be a big deal," Roberts said Friday. "Where we are with his neck, I did not want to compromise."
Tony Gonsolin, recalled by Triple-A, will temporarily take Ryu's pivot point by launching the match against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Dustin May, another top pitching expert, was formally drafted for his debut on Friday against the San Diego Padres and took over the reliever Dylan Floro squad seat, which was sent to the minor leagues.
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May was 6-5 with an ERA of 3.38 over 20 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Last month, Keith Law of ESPN ranked him number 13 in baseball and number 4 in the pitcher.
May went 5⅔ innings Friday night and gave up three earned runs with nine hits in the Dodgers' 5-. 2 loss. He crossed out three while he did not leave.
The Dodgers, who could not get the high-end helper they had sought before the Wednesday trading session, will spend the next two months finding the right mix for both their rotation and the back end of their bullpen.
May and Gonsolin will take that into account.
"Both have a high ceiling," said Roberts. "I think what I'm looking for is just that these people stay in and do not do too much, the talent is definitely better [in the major leagues] but they're here for a reason."