Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been freaking out about the smallest hint of a predicament in regards to the expected starter for the 2013 NLDS Game 3, Hyun-Jin Ryu. After some of the Dodgers reporters noted that Ryu participated in an uncharacteristic bullpen session on Friday and was wearing a compression sleeve on his arm, the alarms started going off in paranoia:
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 5, 2013
Nevertheless, Dodgers fans need to relax and not get antsy at this trivial hiccup. All reports are suggesting that Ryu is still on track to start Sunday’s Game 3 against the Atlanta Braves. Despite manager Don Mattingly and select members of the Dodgers’ medical staff watching Ryu’s bullpen session, Dodgers blogger Chad Moriyama noted that Ryu “appeared to throw without discomfort” and the Korean rookie “said he was ‘fine’ and that he was wearing the sleeve to ‘keep my arm loose.’”
With the Game 2 loss to the Braves looming in the back of their minds, Dodgers fans need to remain calm and not worry about this minor issue which bears no real weight. Now is not the time for fans to lose faith in their team due to unjustified paranoia. With all signs pointing to Ryu being ready to take on the Braves’ own rookie, Julio Teheran, on Sunday night, the Dodgers are on pace to have a solid chance at winning Game 3 and leading the series two games to one.
I am sure everyone would prefer the Dodgers to force Ryu to wear as much protective gear as possible like in the hilarious picture above or the paranoid mother from the movie, Little Giants, who wraps her son in foam padding. This really is not necessary as Ryu will just be fine. Expect Ryu to be good to go Sunday night and to pitch just as well as he has all season long.