Ryu Hyun-jin picked up his first win in a preseason game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, increasing his chances for a spot in the starting rotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Ryu, in green uniform to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, gave up three hits, two walks and one run during nearly six innings and picked up a win. The Dodgers beat the Brewers 11-1, and Ryu's ERA decreased from 5.91 to 4.41.
"Ryu's dominant start Sunday was good timing for the Dodgers, who now are dealing with minor ailments for Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett, not to mention the goal of getting Zack Greinke back into a game," said Ken Gurnick, a reporter for MLB.com.
Only Ryu and Clayton Kershaw have managed to keep up with the preseason schedule as planned.
Greinke, who is also a new addition to the Dodgers' roster, has not been able to pitch since his second appearance on March 2 due to elbow pain. Billingsley will not be able to play on Thursday due to a finger injury.
Ted Lilly struggled on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks by giving up five hits, three walks and five runs in two innings. Chris Capuano has not been able to impress coaching staff either.