Clayton Kershaw is officially back, and he made his presence known on Thursday night with a dazzling performance, allowing just one run across five dominant innings against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers want to ease their ace back in, which makes sense considering he was sidelined for six weeks with a weird shoulder issue.
However, he picked up right he left off in his return, and provided a welcome sight to a Dodgers rotation that has been rounding into form as of late.
After his first game back since the end of June, Kershaw expressed his delight in just being able to play again.
“I want to be part of it. We’re playing great. Obviously we’re in first place; we’re doing a lot of things well,” Kershaw said. “Obviously October, you want to be a part of that more than anything, but selfishly you want to be a part of it all. You want to do everything. So I am excited to be back and hopefully have a good six, seven weeks before playoffs start and be ready to go.”Via Dodger Insider
Kershaw was having a Cy Young caliber season before hitting the injured list, but it’s nice to know the time off didn’t change things.
On the year, Kershaw now has an incredible 2.51 ERA, which would be tops in the league if it qualified.
But Kershaw isn’t worrying about any of that. He just cares about being back and helping his team win. Before his return, he talked about just wanting to be back on the mound.
“There’s no satisfaction in sitting on the sidelines,” Kershaw said. “You can’t enjoy what you’re doing. You’re just taking up space. You’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing – your job.”Via Orange County Register
Well, Kershaw is finally back doing his job, and that’s a welcome sight for the Dodgers.
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