Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been put on the disabled list for 15 days after straining muscles in his right posterior hip area, the team announced on Friday.
Ryu left the mound in the bottom of the six inning in an away game against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, after feeling pain in his hip. He had an MRI scan after returning to Los Angeles.
Dodger's Manager Don Mattingly does not think Ryu will be gone for an extended period of time. "I don't think anyone at this point feels like he’s not coming back," Mattingly said. "We feel pretty good about it, there's no tear in his elbow or anything like that. This is a muscle strain, it's going to heal and he's going to be back."
However, this injury hurts Ryu's chances of breaking Park Chan-ho's record of most wins in a season by a Korean pitcher in the MLB. Park posted 18 wins in 2000. The best case scenario is Ryu will be back in early September. He will have four or five more starts left in the regular season after that. Ryu currently has 13 wins and needs six more to break Park's record.