Hyun-Jin Ryu will miss Friday's start due to back stiffness

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A minor back problem will give Hyun-Jin Ryu a little rest before the playoffs.
A minor back problem will give Hyun-Jin Ryu a little rest before the playoffs. (USATSI)

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Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will not start on Friday as scheduled due to mid back stiffness. Fellow southpaw Chris Capuano will start in his place. The skipped start is considered precautionary.

Ryu, 28, first felt something in his back during his last start on Friday. The team hopes to re-insert him into the rotation either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. With a comfortable 13-game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers can afford to be cautious with their projected fourth starter for the playoffs.

In 26 starts this year, Ryu has gone 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA (117 ERA+) and 1.22 WHIP in 167 innings across 26 starts. Los Angeles committed over $60 million (posting fee plus contract) to bring him over from South Korea this past offseason. Obviously his first season in MLB has been a huge success.

Ryu was a workhorse in Korea, throwing at least 180 innings five times from 2006-12. Because of the differences in schedule and competition, giving the southpaw a little breather during the season's final month is a wise move on the Dodgers part.

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