PHOENIX -- Even in a 2-1 win over the D-backs, the Dodgers had to deal with bad news Wednesday night, as starter Hyun-Jin Ryu appears to be heading to the disabled list with a significant left groin strain.
Ryu was injured on an 0-1 pitch to Deven Marrero in the second inning. The left-hander said he previously injured his left groin in May 2016, but this time it's worse. He will have an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity.
"It doesn't feel good," Ryu said through an interpreter. "This seems to be worse than the ones in the past. Definitely very disappointed. I came into the season very healthy and had very good performances in the season. At this point, I'm very frustrated and very disappointed."
Ryu has been the Dodgers' most consistent starter, going 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA through six starts, including Wednesday's brief outing. He seemed to be back to the form he showed in 2013 and '14, when he won 14 games each of those seasons, before shoulder and elbow surgeries derailed him in 2015 and '16.
"It's a big loss," manager Dave Roberts said. "He was off to such a great start. He's a tough guy, but the training staff said it got him pretty good. It doesn't look too promising."
Ryu's injury is the latest in a string to key members of the club. Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, John Forsythe, Rich Hill, Tom Koehler and Julio Urias are on the disabled list.
Ryu, who went 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) last year, will be eligible for free agency after this season.
The injury to Ryu would seem to open a spot in the rotation for rookie Walker Buehler, the club's No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, who is likely to make his third start this weekend, although the Dodgers were hoping not to promote Buehler to the big leagues for an extended period of time until later in the season.