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Dodgers: LA Team Physician Thinks Clayton Kershaw Will Pitch in 2022

Much has been made of Clayton Kershaw’s free agency. The Dodgers franchise pitcher did not sign before the lockout began on December 1, which has led to speculation about his future. Kershaw’s troublesome elbow held him out of the majority of the second half.

Kershaw left his final Dodgers start in 2021 with the ball in his end. It inevitably left some to believe if it was Kershaw’s final appearance with the Dodgers, or maybe, his final start game in the MLB.

The Dodgers team physician, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, doesn’t believe it was Kershaw’s final game. ElAttrache gave his opinion on an episode of AM570’s Dodger Talk with David Vassegh.

“I don’t believe so. I know the desire is still there. The rest of the personal things that go into making a decision like that, I think you need to have Clayton find all that stuff for himself. He’s going to make the decision that’s best for him. As far as baseball goes, the competition of it, I know he would like to play. We’ll see, hopefully, this works out.”

Vassegh later added on the Petros and Money show that ElAttrache “did not sound 100% confident that number 22 would be ready for the start of the baseball season, whenever that is.”

The world-renowned orthopedic surgeon didn’t claim to have any inside knowledge, but he spends more time with Kershaw than the rest of us.

Some have speculated that Kershaw could sign with Texas Rangers to pitch close to home. However, if Kershaw wants to pitch for a World Series contender, Dallas probably isn’t the place.

For now, Dodgers fans and Kershaw have to wait until the lockout is over to see where the hurler ends up.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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