PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, their top starting pitcher so far this season, for a while after he strained his left groin Wednesday night in their 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ryu left the game in the bottom of the second inning after recording an out, and after manager Dave Roberts and a trainer came out of the dugout to check on him.
The left-hander didn’t try to throw a pitch, and stretched his legs before walking off the mound to the dugout. He lasted 1 1/3 innings and struck out two with a walk, allowing one hit.
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”It doesn’t feel good. It was the last pitch that probably got me,” Ryu said through an interpreter after the game. ”It seems to be worse than the one that I had in the past.”
Ryu said he hurt his groin two years ago. He will get a scan on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.
The Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu left. He was relieved by right-hander Pedro Baez.
Ryu entered the game 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and has been the struggling Dodgers’ most consistent starter this season.
”Just by the talk from the training staff, it’s a pretty good one,” Roberts said, meaning that the prognosis doesn’t seem promising. ”Just the way he responded, he has some history with the left groin. … He was off to such a great start. I know he’s disappointed, obviously. It’s a big loss.”