PHOENIX – Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to make his major league debut April 2 in the Dodgers’ second game of the regular season.
The Dodgers had the choice of starting either Ryu or Chad Billingsley on that day. But Billingsley’s pitching schedule has been altered, ruling him out for April 2.
To keep both on schedule to potentially pitch April 2, the Dodgers had planned for Ryu and Billingsley to throw in separate games on Thursday in Southern California.
Ryu will pitch in the opening game of the Freeway Series in Anaheim.
Wanting to have the option of placing Billingsley on the disabled list retroactively to March 22, the Dodgers planned for him to pitch in a split-squad exhibition at Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. But the Dodgers were told by the league office that if they started Billingsley in Rancho Cucamonga, Friday would count as his first day on the disabled list, which would postpone his regular-season debut.