After months of waiting the Korean "Monster" finally got back onto the Dodgers mound. In late May, nearly 14 months ago, Ryu underwent surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Since that time he's worked tirelessly to get back to Los Angeles, and I think it's fair to say that the Dodgers are pleased. Regardless of the lackluster results they received last night. Per Sarah Wexler at Dodgers Digest:
“Getting him back out there was a victory in itself,” Dave Roberts said. “I think the bigger answer will be how he feels tomorrow and the next day going forward. But to see Ryu take the mound tonight was great.”Ryu could only go 4 2/3 innings; having given up eight hits, six earned runs, two walks and four strike outs on 89 total pitches thrown. Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
But the Dodgers were realistic and not expecting total domination, just a baseline from which to move forward. They got that, seeing Ryu work through an opponent with a fastball that ranged from 89-92 mph, and offspeed pitches that sometimes dipped into the upper 60s.Dodgers lost to the Padres, 6-0, and are now 6.5 games behind the Giants. They are also effectively ties with the Mets for the Wild Card spot. Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
"That's how he was before, pitching in all spectrums of velocity when he was so dominate for us in 2013, 2014," said catcher A.J. Ellis, who was pleased to see his old battery-mate make a return to the mound. "He knows how to pitch. He's such an amazing athlete out there on the mound, he has such an amazing feel and great body control. He adds and subtracts really well. I'm just really excited to see him out there today."
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1949 Giants infielder Hank Thompson faced Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe at the plate; marking the first time a black batter hit against a black pitcher in Major League history. In 1980 the All-Star Game is played at Dodger Stadium. The National League wins for the ninth consecutive time.
- ICYMI: Dodgers Special Advisor Greg Maddux has just been hired by UNLV to be their pitching coach, via a tweet from Todd Dewey. I am unsure if this means he'll no longer be advising the Dodgers. Although, I'm sure he can do both. BTW, Dewey wrote about the possibility here:
Greg Maddux has always served as his son Chase’s unofficial pitching coach. Next season, the Baseball Hall of Famer might formally tutor his son — an incoming UNLV sophomore — as the Rebels’ pitching coach.
- Available directly from Topps for the next week is a six-card throwback set featuring Dodger rookie shortstop Corey Seager on a vintage 1959 Topps All-Star Baseball card design. This is in celebration of his recent selection to the mid-summer event. See the Seager card on the right. Go here to order.
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Corey Seager to slug away in Home Run Derby." Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“It's one of those things that, it's going to be fun for a day, but you're not going to try to do it for the rest of the year,” Seager insisted. “It's one of those things that I'm not going to try to swing straight uphill. That's not what's going to happen. It's just going to be fun. It's going to be exciting.”
- BTW, guess who'll be pitching to Seager. Via a tweet by Alanna Rizzo:
Jeff Seager is already getting loose. Corey's dad will throw to him in the Home Run derby. #Dodgers— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 8, 2016
- In addition to the VIP set Panini is going away to collectors during the National Sports Collectors Convention next month (link here), they will also be hosting a wrapper redemption program. Go here to see some preview pics. Featured below are the cards of Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager and Kenta Maeda.
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