Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Dodgers' Ryu Pitches Three Innings off Mound

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Dodgers' Ryu Pitches Three Innings off Mound

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Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers said Ryu used all of his pitches at his normal velocity, and had no problems with his left shoulder during the 45- pitch session. The 14-game winner faced several teammates, including Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke.

Ryu will be examined by a doctor Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.

The Dodgers open the NL division series on Friday at home against the Cardinals. Ryu's status is uncertain.

Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls * For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason.

This is the first October in which skippers can contest an umpire's call. Nearly everything is subject to replay review, except for balls and strikes, but managers only get one challenge per game if they're wrong.

Based on how they did during the regular season, some teams are better than others at spotting a play that should be reversed.

"I like the job our guy did," said Showalter, set to lead Baltimore against Detroit in the AL sivision series. "You call up, they say, 'He missed it,' and you challenge it."

"It ain't exactly brain surgery," he said.

Showalter and the Orioles, who hired a former minor league umpire as their replay coordinator, hit exactly 50 percent this year. They contested 28 calls, 14 got overturned.

The Major League Baseball average was a bit better 53 percent. Managers made 1,051 challenges and 557 resulted in reversals.

"I mean, I don't know our numbers, but we got a bunch of calls overturned that we wouldn't have had last year," Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said. …

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