It took longer than anticipated, but we finally got an injury update from Dodgers superstar ace Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, who left Tuesday’s dominant start after just 79 pitches, didn’t provide an update on Wednesday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was especially vague in reporting on the injury, just saying that it wasn’t the back.
However, on Thursday, Kershaw finally spoke to reporters, and clarified that it’s a shoulder injury he’s dealing with.
Kershaw said that his shoulder got “a little cranky” during Tuesday’s start and that he had an exam, but not an MRI, that showed inflammation. He got an injection, something that’s usually helped in the past, but he’s not going to throw for two or three days.
After those few days, Kershaw will decide if he’s going to make his next start.
Kershaw said he has pitched through “shoulder stuff” in the past and injection usually helped. Expects to make his next start depending on how he feels when he picks up a ball again— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 29, 2023
This definitely feels like a positive update, but maybe just because we’ve been anxiously waiting for anything.
On the bright side, if Kershaw were to miss his next start, it would be just one missed start, as he’s only scheduled to pitch one more time before the All-Star break.
It could be in everyone’s best interest for Kershaw to miss that one start, and get fully healthy for the second half of the season.
Kershaw did add that he wasn’t “gonna be stupid about it,” which definitely makes it seem like a quick stint on the injured list could be in his best interest.
#Dodgers Kershaw still hopes to make his next start, but said he’s not “gonna be stupid about it.”— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) June 29, 2023
Kershaw making one start before the All-Star break is much less important than him being totally healthy for the second half of the season. Kershaw is already enjoying an incredible start to the 2023 season, and is a leading candidate for the National League Cy Young Award.
It’s better he wait until he’s fully healthy before going back out on the mound, and this time of the year is the perfect time to get a little extra break.
We’ll see what he ultimately decides to do, but we finally have our update on Kershaw, and it feels like good news. We can all take a huge sigh of relief.
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