Updated August. 19, 2014 01:21
LA Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin`s comeback is expected to take a considerable time.
On Sunday (Korea time) Hasan Syed, an orthopedic surgeon at Loma Linda University, explained about the conditions of injured Dodgers players at a KLAC radio interview after a game against Milwaukee Brewers ended. Syed said Ryu`s buttocks muscle sprain is something rarely seen for a baseball player. He also said that since it takes a long time to recover from such injury, Ryu`s comeback will be possible only after four to six weeks.
At a press meeting on Saturday, Ryu was a bit optimistic by saying his conditions are getting better though he has yet to observe the situation. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was also perplexed on the wounded area rather than the seriousness of injury.
This means recovery will not be easy. Four to six weeks for recovery indicates that Ryu can only play at the last stages of the season. This is a huge blow to Ryu himself and his team that has to solidify its ranks. Dodgers (70 wins and 56 losses) on Monday lost for the third straight game at its home ground, the first time to mark three consecutive losses this season. It lost 2:7 to Milwaukee (70 wins and 55 losses), the lead team in the Central Division of Major League Baseball`s National League, falling to second place. Ryu`s injury happened in an unfortunate time.
On when Ryu can make a comeback, Syed said he can play during regular season, and that he can pitch at the play off. For Ryu, the hunt for wins has gone up in smoke, and it remains to be seen whether he can match the stipulated number of innings. Ryu pitched 137.1 innings so far but he needs to fill a total of 162 innings.
Since last year, Ryu has been on the roll, as he was starting pitcher for 53 games, winning 27 and losing 14. However, he now encountered an expected deadlock. Baseball fans are keeping up hopes that he overcomes.