It hasn’t been a pretty stretch for the Dodgers. Not including the national headlines surrounding Trevor Bauer, the team seemed poised to head into the All-Star break on a hot streak. That took a turn in Miami, however, where the team has now dropped three in a row after winning their previous nine.
A large part of their recent struggles can be traced back to the pitching staff, which is seriously overworked. The Dodgers have had to ask their bullpen for an absurd amount of innings after losing Bauer for the foreseeable future, and they will now be tasked with replacing Clayton Kershaw as well.
Dave Roberts revealed on Wednesday that Kershaw would be placed on the IL for what they are currently calling shoulder inflammation. After the game, he provided a bit more information on his potential timeline and the extent of the injury.
I think we’re trying to be smart about this, understanding that we have the All-Star break. So just skip a start, have the break, reassess where he’s at, then make a decision.
It sounds as if the IL stint is more precautionary than anything else, which is a good sign for the Dodgers. Having the All-Star break will be a big help for the club, as they can provide some extra rest for Clayton without needing to replace his production for multiple starts.
Dave Roberts mentioned that Kershaw will be getting tests performed once the team returns to Los Angeles following the finale on Friday morning, which should help provide some more clarity on the extent of the injury. For the sake of the pitching staff, let’s hope it’s nothing more than a well-timed break before the stretch run.