Dodgers' left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu is considering having surgery on his shoulder, according to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Though reports out of Korea have Ryu scheduled for surgery later this week, Passan says that a decision has not yet been made on the matter.
Ryu, 28, has not appeared in a game this season due to "shoulder inflammation" that started up during spring training. The southpaw dealt with similar issues last September but returned to pitch in the playoffs before dealing with what appears to be a more serious issue and being shut down for the first couple months of this season. The Dodgers, who have also lost Brandon McCarthy for the season due to elbow issues and are waiting on Brandon Beachy to fully recover from Tommy John surgery, have relied on Brett Anderson, Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias as rotation options behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
If Ryu elects to have surgery and is out for the rest of the season, the Dodgers will likely make a significant move to add a starter in advance of July's trade deadline. Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Johnny Cueto and many other rotation options are likely to be available over the next couple months, and Dodgers' president Andrew Friedman has shown that he is willing to be aggressive in terms of roster overhaul and bold additions. Los Angeles currently sits atop the NL West with a 24-13 record, but could look to make a move if some of their stopgap rotation arms begin to struggle down the stretch.