Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves start early

ATLANTA -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are pessimistic that pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will be able to make his next scheduled start after he left Wednesday night's game in Atlanta with a strained right gluteal muscle.

Manager Don Mattingly said the team will wait until Ryu is evaluated by team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Friday before determining whether he will be put on the 15-day disabled list. Ryu's next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Padres.

"I don't feel his chances are very good of pitching on his turn," Mattingly said.

Ryu delivered a 3-and-2 pitch to B.J. Upton in the sixth inning and immediately gestured toward the Dodgers' dugout. A trainer, Ryu's interpreter and Mattingly came out to check on the pitcher, who then left the game, walking off with an apparent limp. He was replaced by Jamey Wright, and the Dodgers fell 3-2 to the Braves.

After the game, Ryu said he had hoped to make his next start.

"I felt it about four pitches before I walked him, but I thought it was nothing serious and I could pitch through it," Ryu said through his interpreter. "It just kept getting worse and worse. I kind of regret I didn't stop right then."

Ryu (13-6) had won four straight decisions before taking the loss in Wednesday's start. The Dodgers have added two starting pitchers via trades in the past week, and one of them, veteran Kevin Correia, likely would take Ryu's place if he is forced to miss a start or more. The Dodgers already have one starting pitcher, Josh Beckett, on the 15-day disabled list.