Hyun-Jin Ryu ready to join Dodgers’ rotation, but Rich Hill will have to wait

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire MILWAUKEE — Everyone ready to rejoin the Dodgers’ starting rotation, take one step forward.Not so fast, Rich Hill.The Dodgers will activate Hyun-Jin Ryu from the injured list and start him Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ryu has been out since leaving his April 8 start in St. Louis with a mild groin injury. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen on Monday and was pronounced ready to return.Left-hander Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to start Saturday. He will now move back a day and start Sunday in Milwaukee. “Rich is throwing the ball well which is great. Most important, he’s healthy. But to build him up with another start is probably the best move for the Dodgers.”Hill clearly does not agree.“It’s out of my control,” he said. “I feel great. It’s out of my control. But yesterday went great. Ball came out of my hand great whether it was in an A-ball game, major-league game, I was satisfied with the results.“I would like to pitch, ideally. I mean, I want to get ready and get back now. … From the club standpoint, I understand it. … From my standpoint, as an athlete and a competitor, I want to be out there today.”BULLPEN TIMEThursday’s game was likely Julio Urias’ last start for awhile. The Dodgers plan to move him to the bullpen with Ryu’s return to the rotation. Urias was supposed to start the season in a relief role as a way to hold down his workload this season, his first full season since major shoulder surgery in 2017.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But Roberts said Urias is “not going to be your typical left-handed reliever.”He will be used in multi-inning stints and is not likely to pitch on back-to-back days. The standard procedure will be a day off for every inning he pitches (two days after a two-inning stint, three if he goes three).Roberts did say he will definitely “trust him in leverage” situations. But the idea of handling Urias with care this season will not disappear with his move to the bullpen.“We have to be very mindful because we see him as a starter,” Roberts said. “So he’s in the ’pen, will be in the ’pen. But to think he can just go out there and just let the leash go, I don’t think that’s realistic.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 1-1, 3.92 ERA) at Brewers (RHP Jhoulys Chacin, 2-2, 6.52 ERA), Friday, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM “There’s a balance between getting him back there where he’s sharp after throwing his 40-pitch ’pen vs. staying away from him too long to where he gets rusty,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We just felt taking everything into account, getting him on Saturday, giving Clayton an extra day made the most sense.”The calculus regarding Hill was different.Hill threw 54 pitches over four scoreless innings in a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday night (plus more in the bullpen after leaving the game) and joined the Dodgers in Milwaukee Thursday expecting to come off the injured list and make his season debut with the team next week in Chicago.That won’t be the case. Roberts said the Dodgers decided Hill will make another rehab start before being activated in order to build his pitch count up further. The location of that start either Monday or Tuesday has not been determined yet.“It’s very encouraging for Rich to feel he’s ready to go and help us – which I know he can,” Roberts said. “But when you’re talking five (innings) and 75 (pitches) and that’s if all goes well … we’ve got our bullpen back in line right now. Unforeseen things do happen in a major-league game. So to not have him built up to 90 … there’s a little bit of risk.last_img

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