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Dodgers Have Justin Bruihl on Taxi Squad ‘In Case’ Clayton Kershaw Has to Go on Injured List

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided an update on Clayton Kershaw’s potential injury on Wednesday. Kershaw, who left Tuesday’s win after just six innings and 79 pitches, was unspecific after Tuesday’s game, saying he “just needed to come out right there” and thinks he’ll be alright to make his next start.

He said he would provide an update on Wednesday, however, he hasn’t yet spoken to the media. Instead, Roberts provided an update, but didn’t say much outside of clarifying the injury is “not his back.”

Additionally, Roberts confirmed that LHP Justin Bruihl is on the taxi squad “in case” Kershaw is placed on the injured list.

This is definitely a concerning update, as Kershaw is 35 years old and at any point could find himself on a long IL stint. This year, he’s already thrown 95.1 innings, after throwing just 126.1 innings all of last season.

Kershaw is a leading National League Cy Young candidate at this point in the season, and seems like a lock to make his 10th All-Star team. Most importantly, though, the Dodgers need him healthy and he’s been by far their best and most consistent starting pitcher all year long.

We’ll continue to update you on Kershaw’s status when we know more, but for now, the Dodgers are being awfully cautious with how they’re talking about the injury.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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