Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu looking forward to Australia trip

first_imgGOODYEAR, Ariz. — On a day when Zack Greinke was just beginning to push off a pitching rubber again, Hyun-Jin Ryu was feeling great. The Dodgers left-hander got to sleep in Wednesday morning and throw four innings at night, a rare combination in spring training.Ryu allowed four hits and two earned runs in the Dodgers’ 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He walked two batters and struck out three, all in the third inning when he began throwing sliders for the first time.Ryu has a unique incentive to pitch when the Dodgers visit Sydney, Australia to begin the regular season. After making his second Cactus League start, he vowed to be ready.“It’s a long ways away,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “I’m at 55 (pitches) now and I’m going to throw 75 next time out. Three weeks later, I’ll be ready if I’m called upon.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 and 23. On March 20, the Dodgers play the Australian National Team. Pitcher Dae-Sung Koo, Ryu’s former teammate in Korea, now pitches professionally for the Sydney Blue Sox. He was recently selected for the Australian squad that will play the Dodgers.It was Koo who taught Ryu how to throw a changeup when Ryu was an 18-year-old rookie with the Hanwha Eagles. Ryu used the pitch to land a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers. Koo used the pitch effectively too; he briefly pitched for the New York Mets in 2005.Ryu said through an interpreter that he was excited to reunite with his former teammate in Sydney.Greinke said in February that there was “zero excitement” for the trip. Five days later, he reported feeling a cramp in his right calf muscle during his first Cactus League start. Greinke had been restricted to playing catch on flat ground prior to Wednesday.center_img Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left the game after four innings after experiencing symptoms of inflammation in his upper left back/shoulder area. He was seen grimacing at home plate during his second at-bat of the game, in the top of the fourth inning against Cincinnati left-hander Jeff Francis. Puig played the bottom of the fourth inning without making a play in the field, did not bat in the top of the fifth inning, and was replaced by Mike Baxter in the bottom of the fifth. He was the first Dodgers position player to leave the game.Puig told reporters after the game that he would be able to play today.Guerrero goes deepAlex Guerrero’s fifth-inning grand slam gave the Dodgers the lead for good in Wednesday’s win.Guerrero, who was 4 for 15 with four singles to begin his first major-league spring training, hit the first pitch he saw from Francis high over the left-field fence to give the Dodgers their first runs of the game. Adrian Gonzalez also homered as the Dodgers improved to 3-4-1.Reds starter Homer Bailey no-hit the Dodgers through three innings. Francis pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning before allowing singles to Gonzalez and Juan Uribe — a blooper that fell between three fielders in right-center — and walking Joc Pederson. Guerrero then cleared the bases with his home run.Tim Federowicz padded the Dodgers’ lead with a two-run double in the sixth inning and scored on an RBI single by Miguel Rojas. Minor-league call-up Aaron Bates hit an RBI double in the seventh inning. Uribe’s sacrifice fly allowed Baxter to tag up and score the Dodgers’ final run.Jose Dominguez and Paco Rodriguez pitched scoreless relief innings. Matt Magill pitched the final three innings and allowed a solo home run to Neftali Soto in the eighth.AlsoRight-hander Ross Stripling underwent surgery to remove loose bodies from an inflamed and swollen elbow. The surgery was performed by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. According to the team, the plan is to allow the inflammation in Stripling’s elbow to subside before he undergoes Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament. last_img

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