Saturday, October 5, 2013
Hyun-Jin Ryu ready to go for Game 3
By Ramona Shelburne
LOS ANGELES -- Both Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Game 3 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu said the pitcher was healthy and ready to go for Sunday's start against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS at Dodger Stadium.
Questions had emerged about Ryu's status Friday when he took the unusual step of throwing a extra bullpen session in the presence of Mattingly and team doctor Neal El Attrache.
"No, not at all," Ryu said through an interpreter, when asked if the bullpen session was cause for concern. "Typically, when I rest longer than six days, I always squeeze in a bullpen session to make sure that my body is responding the way I want it to."
Said Mattingly: "We have no concerns about him. He's starting tomorrow."
Ethier still not ready for the outfield: Mattingly said Andre Ethier (ankle) was not ready to even try to play the outfield yet.
"It would be a great surprise if we get him to be in the outfield this series," Mattingly said. "But he's swung the bat well off the bench for us, and he's kind of doing what we intended him to be able to do this series. If we get anymore that, I think it would be just a nice surprise."
Rolling with Ricky: Mattingly said he still planned to start right-hander Ricky Nolasco in Monday's Game 4 and hadn't thought yet about potentially moving up Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw, but added that "you're always going to have to think about everything. But right now we're scheduled with Ricky, and that's the way we're going to go."