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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Gives Update on Clayton Kershaw’s Elbow Injury

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.

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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.

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  1. Yesterday the report said it was his elbow. Make up your minds. How come Kershaw has spoke? He was in the dugout yesterday and didn’t look like he was have pain in his arm. The bull pen should be able to throw 2-3 inning’s. Is it a inflection? or just a little swelling it anybody guess

  2. This could be a smoke and mirrors visit to the 10 day list. Get an extra arm for 7 games with the All Star break counting for 3 games. We just have to worry about the day of his one start. And with none of our starters going to the All Star Game, we can just bump up the other starters one day. Smart move even if it is a minor injury. Get some rest for his arm and maybe we really only have to worry about the succeeding start.

  3. First time I’ve seen “shoulder inflammation” with Kershaw. First, I heard it was an elbow thing. Then ESPN reported it was his forearm, not elbow, where he felt something while doing some weight lifting, not while pitching. Two separate LATimes articles reported elbow or forearm, depending on which article you read. Nothing said about when, where or how the pain occurred. As noted above, he was in the dugout looking pretty relaxed. Perhaps it is the Dodgers just working the IL system to get some other arms into the dugout before the AS break and give Kersh a bit of rest. Hope the MRI is nothing more than part of the smoke and mirrors.

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