Things are trending in the right direction for Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has been on the IL since early July with forearm inflammation. After a successful bullpen on Tuesday, his return is coming more into focus.
Question is, will Kershaw be able to start games for the Dodgers once he does return? According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Kershaw is open to any role that helps the team once he’s activated off the IL.
“For us, each day, let’s improve, let’s get stronger, let’s build up the arm. Where that gets us, whenever that take place, we’ll see what role makes sense. Clayton, first and foremost, wants to be healthy and he’s open to whatever will help the team at that point.”
One wouldn’t expect anything different from a competitor like Clayton Kershaw. The lefty is eager to get back on the field on a team that has limitless potential.
Kershaw Ready for ‘Whatever is Needed’
When asked on Wednesday if he has a goal, Kershaw stated “Obviously, I’m going to do whatever is needed or wanted. My focus is to get back and start. But obviously, whatever I can do, I’ll do.”
Kershaw hasn’t made a regular season relief appearance since September 29, 2019. If he isn’t stretched out enough to start, he could be a valuable left-handed reliever. At the moment, Alex Vesia seems to be the only high leverage lefty reliever Roberts trusts. One effective left-handed reliever won’t cut it in October.
There’s still some time before the playoffs, but it’s running out quickly. Including Thursday, the Dodgers have 35 games left in the regular season. They’re desperate for another starter, but even bullpen games are a better than risking another Kershaw injury.
A consummate professional, Kershaw is ready to help the team as a reliever, starter, swingman and everything in between.