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The Dodgers are hoping Ryu can return to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday of next week against Arizona. Mattingly said he doesn't anticipate the injury being a long-term one.
"We're not really concerned," Mattingly said. "Again, we're just being cautious, but no matter what the separation was [in the standings] right now, he wouldn't be pitching Friday. We would make sure he was right before he went out there."
Ryu slid awkwardly into home plate while scoring a run in Friday's game, which may have contributed to the injury. He threw in the bullpen before Tuesday's game and still felt tightness.
Ryu, a Rookie of the Year candidate who signed with the Dodgers in December after pitching in South Korea, is 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA. Capuano is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 21 games.
* Yasiel Puig was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game because of soreness in his upper right calf. Mattingly says he expects Puig to play Friday night and that he could pinch hit Wednesday.
* Matt Kemp had 13 at-bats in a simulated game in Arizona and Mattingly said he went 5-for-9 with four walks. Then again, there were no fielders, so that's kind of open to interpretation. Kemp is on the disabled list because of a sprained left ankle. He will stay in Arizona through the end of the week and won't re-join the Dodgers until at least Monday.
Here are lineups for Wednesday's game in Colorado, with four more regulars getting a day off:
DENVER – Hyun-Jin Ryu has been scratched from Friday’s scheduled start in Cincinnati because of back stiffness and will be replaced by Chris Capuano, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.