|Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday./ AFP-Yonhap|
Los Angeles Dodgers' South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has had his third start of the season cut short due to an apparent injury.
Ryu left the game with two outs in the bottom of the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday (local time). The game was tied at 2-2.
Ryu threw a changeup to the opposing pitcher Miles Mikolas for a strike, his 34th pitch of the game, and then stepped off the mound and called for the trainer.
After a few moments with the pitcher on the mound, manager Dave Roberts took the ball from Ryu, who walked off the mound without a visible limp.
Ryu had been 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his first two starts of the season. He had 13 strikeouts in 13 innings against zero walks.
The left-hander struggled with his command in this game, issuing his first walk of the season to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning while serving up a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna later in the same inning. Ryu missed the zone with the first pitch against seven of the nine hitters he faced.
He was charged with two earned runs on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out one batter, while his ERA rose to 3.07.
Prior to the season, Ryu repeatedly said his biggest goal for 2019 is to stay healthy from start to finish. He has made at least one trip to the injured list every season since 2014, his second year in the bigs.
Last season, Ryu missed three months with a groin injury. He previously dealt with shoulder and elbow problems. (Yonhap)