Fellow pitchers Josiah Gray and David Price have been great short term solutions to the rotation with all of the injuries and issues the Dodgers have faced. However, getting back longtime ace Clayton Kershaw would be a welcome sight for the team’s playoff run, even if they acquire another arm before the deadline.
Kershaw has been sidelined since July 7th with an elbow injury. With that being said, he threw a simulated game on Tuesday which ended with great results according to Dave Roberts. He stated that Clayton’s “stuff was good to the eye.”
“[Clayton] threw three innings, facing [Luke] Raley and [Sheldon] Neuse. Fastball, breaking ball, threw some change ups and curveballs with that slider. Came out of it feeling good. Kind of finished today in the weight room and assuming it goes well, we’ll see what happens for the coming weekend.”
Kershaw spoke with media at Oracle Park on Tuesday and told Bill Plunkett, among others, that he was happy to be through the sim game step.
“I think it went alright. Got it done. That stuff is no fun so I’m glad I got it over with.” – Via OC Register.
With that step of his rehab now out of the way, the team will be waiting to see how his body responds to the simulated game. Any news would give them clarity about what the next step would be moving forward. Fingers crossed he responds well.
His return becomes even more crucial to the team as he can be counted on to eat up more innings than Gray or Price. The bullpen has been used a lot so far this season and could use any breather it could get. During his absence, the Dodgers have struggled to close out games late. Although Kershaw isn’t the pitcher he once was, the impact he can have should not be overlooked one bit.
Everyone knows that nothing is more important in the postseason than pitching. Having the rotation back to full health with the possible arrival of a new piece would increase the team’s chances of defending their World Series title.