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Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin solid in 2nd straight rehab start

All Headlines 14:50 August 08, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- The injured Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has tossed another solid game in minor league rehab as he inches toward a return to the bigs.

Pitching for the Dodgers' Triple-A club, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the South Korean left-hander held the Reno Aces (an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) to one earned run on five hits over five innings at Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Nevada, on Tuesday (local time). Ryu struck out three and didn't walk any.

The Dodgers still dropped the game 8-2, as Ryu ended up being the losing pitcher.

Recovering from a groin injury sustained in May, Ryu threw 71 pitches, 51 for strikes.

In his first rehab start last Thursday for the Advanced A club the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Ryu pieced together four shutout innings while making 47 pitches, 34 of them for strikes.

In this Getty Images file photo from May 2, 2018, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the first inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Chase Field in Phoenix. Ryu sustained a groin injury during that game and hasn't pitched in the majors since. (Yonhap)

Ryu was initially expected to make an appearance in Double-A but skipped that level to pitch against Triple-A hitters instead.

The Aces got to Ryu in the first inning. After a one-out single, Christian Walker knocked in the game's first run with a double to center field. Ryu prevented further damage by inducing two groundouts.

In the second, Ryu worked around a two-out single to keep the Aces off the board.

He had a clean third inning but got into trouble in the fourth when the Aces put two men on with two singles. Ryu struck out Kristopher Negron and then got a groundout off the bat of Alberto Rosario to end the threat.

Ryu needed just nine pitches to retire the side in order in the fifth, and was relieved by Zach Neal to begin the sixth inning, with the Dodgers still training 1-0.

Ryu will likely make a couple more minor league appearances before rejoining the big league Dodgers.

He is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in six big league starts this year, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks in 29 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old is in the final year of his six-year, US$36 million contract.

Ryu has been a starter for his entire career, but there may not be any room for him in the Dodgers' rotation when he returns. Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Walker Buehler and Rich Hill are current starters. Alex Wood recently went down with an injury, but Ross Stripling, who has been excellent since a move from the bullpen, will come off the disabled list Thursday to take Wood's spot in the rotation.

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