It’s been nearly 60 days since Clayton Kershaw last pitched a meaningful game for the Dodgers. At the time he hit the injured list, the expectation was that he’d be back in about 10 days or so after he felt his Hall of Fame left elbow barking.
Now after some setbacks, number 22 is itching to get back at it.
I don’t know if there is a goal other than I want to pitch and I want to help and I want to start. Assuming I can get to that point and build up to that point, that would be the goal.
Clayton spent some time with a group of Dodgers reporters at Petco Park on Wednesday afternoon. The LA ace told the OC Register, among others, that his return and role are all contingent on that left elbow. Naturally.
As long as my elbow doesn’t hurt, we’ll be in a good spot. It’s been frustrating. It’s been a long time. It shouldn’t have taken this long. It’s frustrating on my part. But hopefully, I can be around for the fun part and help us in September and October.
Kershaw is eligible to come off the IL as soon as September 5th. However, the chance that he’s plugged right back into the rotation then is basically zero. He’ll toss another bullpen session on Friday at Dodger Stadium, mixing in breaking pitches in what should be a 30-35 pitch workout.