For the second time this season, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw in on the injured list. The lefty missed most of May with back and hip injury, and last week, he suffered a lower back injury that resulted in him being pulled from his Thursday start in Oracle Park after just four innings.
Kershaw is no stranger to back injuries, they’ve plagued him throughout his career. The southpaw received an epidural to help manage the pain the day after his the injury flared up.
The news of another Kershaw injury conjured up not so fond memories of last season, where Clayton missed all of October due to an elbow injury.
However, this time, Kershaw seems considerably more confident that he’ll be ready to not only pitch in October, but pitch as a starter (quotes via The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett).
“Look – at the end of the day, I know what I need to do to get ready for October. I definitely feel I’ll have enough time to accomplish all of that. Which is great. It’s no fun not playing obviously. But I feel we’re in a great spot to be able to build up and work on things and be ready for October.”
Kershaw also noted that his back is “doing a lot better than I thought it would.”
Those are some encouraging quote from a player who’s had to deal with his own baseball mortality for the last several years.
Manager Dave Roberts stated that Clayton will begin a throwing program in the next five to seven days – “give or take”.
The Dodgers starting staff for the playoffs was a formidable trio of Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, and Max Scherzer, but the group simply ran out of gas in the postseason.
If all goes well, it sounds like Kershaw will be on the mound, not in the dugout, for the playoffs.
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