LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu's impressive rookie season with the Dodgers has caught the eye of another South Korean pitcher who debuted with the Dodgers -- Chan Ho Park.
Ryu entered Saturday's start against the Reds with an 8-3 record and 3.25 ERA. The left-hander needed just 11 starts to toss his first shutout and has been consistent throughout his first Major League season.
"He's adjusted very well and is pitching very well," Park told MLB.com from Cooperstown, N.Y. "I think he enjoys it very much. I'm very proud and enjoy watching him."
Ryu began playing baseball in 1994, when Park debuted with the Dodgers. Ryu was a seven-time all-star in the Korea Baseball Organization before signing with the Dodgers last winter. He's the 14th South Korean to play in the Majors, and Park believes more will make it to the big leagues.
"He opened a big door for pro ball in Korea and I think many will follow him in the future," Park said. "There's many good pitchers in Korea and they are watching the Major Leagues. That helps a lot. I think the Korean community in Los Angeles has helped Ryu a lot."
Ryu has been extremely popular in Los Angeles and has an immense following of South Korean fans and media wherever he pitches. Saturday's game against the Reds was broadcast live in South Korea, as Ryu faced Reds leadoff hitter and countryman Shin-Soo Choo for the first time.
Park pitched 10 seasons with the Dodgers from '94-2001 and 2008. He was an All-Star in '01. Park also pitched for the Rangers, Padres, Mets, Phillies, Yankees and Pirates during a 17-year career.
High fever sidelines Crawford after trip to ER
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was sent to the emergency room on Saturday afternoon as a precautionary measure due to a high fever.
Crawford felt ill on Friday, but was able to start and had three hits in a 2-1 victory against the Reds. But when his body temperature rose Saturday afternoon, the Dodgers sent him to the ER.
"He's on some antibiotics and wasn't feeling great yesterday," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He didn't look as good today. I was going to play him today, but he didn't look great when I saw him. So we're going to shoot for tomorrow. I think we'll be OK with him. I think it's fairly precautionary. There's something going on with a little fever."
Mattingly said he was confident Crawford would not require a trip to the disabled list and no other players were ill.
Crawford is riding a seven-game hit streak, going 14-for-33 (.424) with three doubles and three RBIs during that span.
Skip Schumaker hit leadoff and started in left field in place of Crawford on Saturday.
Dodgers alter rotation to give Nolasco extra rest
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will shuffle their starting rotation following Monday's off-day, pushing back Ricky Nolasco and keeping Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on regular rest to start against the Yankees.
Nolasco will start on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Greinke will start on Tuesday against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium and Kershaw will follow on Wednesday.
Nolasco was the only starter who did not get extra rest during the All-Star break. The right-hander started the final game before the break and the first game of the second half. Nolasco has not made it past the sixth inning in any of his past three outings.
"Ricky didn't get any time during the break, so we looked at this as a stretch to be able to flip Ricky back and give him a couple of extra days," manager Don Mattingly said.
Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano will follow Nolasco.
Stephen Fife, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, could join the rotation soon if everything goes well with his rehab process. Fife is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque. Capuano could be a candidate to move to the bullpen if the Dodgers opt to add Fife to the rotation.
"We'll see how he comes out of that and then start making plans," Mattingly said.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.