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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw’s Next Start Pushed Back Again

On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers pushed back Clayton Kershaw’s next start until Saturday. This decision came after Kershaw’s start was already pushed back from Monday to Friday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stressed that the decision had nothing to do with his injury.

“I just talked to him early today and he said he feels really good, the arm’s working well,” Roberts said. “For me, I feel better about Clayton than I did yesterday and better than I did two days ago.”

Via Orange County Register

In his last three starts, Kershaw has struggled. His velocity has decreased to 88 mph, and his command is uncharacteristic. Both his slider and curveball don’t have their customary sharp break. Since he has 16 years of experience, he navigated through his worrisome starts without allowing a ton of runs.

However, the Dodgers need Kershaw to be healthy and strong going into the playoffs. The Dodgers will rely on Kershaw to be their ace.

On Sunday, Dodger pitching coach Mark Prior said Kershaw is dealing with a mechanical problem with his delivery. On Tuesday, Kershaw plans to throw an aggressive bullpen session. Hopefully, Kershaw can iron out the mechanical problem during the bullpen session.

During his break, Kershaw is working with the training staff. If he can get his body stronger, Kershaw will be able to control his pitches better. With more strength, he should have more velocity on his pitches, making it harder for the opposing hitters to distinguish the kinds of pitches.

For the last 15 seasons, the Dodgers have relied on Kershaw to be successful. For potentially one last time, the Dodgers hope Kershaw can capture his magic in October.   

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