March 25, 2019 10:12
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers will take the mound for the team's season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks later this week.
Clayton Kershaw, who started on opening day for the Dodgers for eight consecutive years from 2011, is unable to do so because of pain in his left shoulder. Other pitchers like Walker Buehler and Rich Hill are also not in good form, so Ryu seized the opportunity.
"Injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and now Rich Hill have left Ryu Hyun-jin to start opening day for the Dodgers," MLB.com said on Friday, quoting manager Dave Roberts.
Ryu will become the second Korean pitcher to make an opening day start on March 28, some 18 years after Park Chan-ho did so for the Dodgers in 2001. Park repeated the feat for the Texas Rangers in 2002.
Ryu was impressive during this year's spring training with an earned run average of 3.00.
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