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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Provides Ominous Injury Update on Clayton Kershaw

Well this isn’t ideal. On Friday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was on MLB Network Radio, and spoke about Clayton Kershaw’s potential return from the injured list.

While at first it appeared Kershaw was going on the IL just to get a little extra rest before the All-Star break, clearly, it was worse than we thought.

Roberts said that the team is hoping to get Kershaw back “at the beginning of August,” meaning he’ll likely be out another three weeks.

“So I think for us, it’s kind of trying to figure out where we get Clayton back. Which is the hope at the beginning of August.”

This is obviously a huge blow to the Dodgers’ rotation, as Kershaw has been the best and most consistent pitcher for LA this season.

On the year, Kershaw is 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was just named to his 10th All-Star team. He was also a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young Award, although that will drastically change if he’s out for an extended period of time.

If Kershaw doesn’t return until the beginning of August, it will be about five weeks that he misses due to his shoulder injury.

While Kershaw has found himself on long IL stints over the last few years, it seemed like this one wasn’t going to fall under that category.

Roberts never seemed very worried about it, and it sounded like Kershaw could have pitched before the break if he needed to.

So I don’t know if the Dodgers got more bad news out of the break, or if they were just hiding the truth, but Kershaw is going to miss at least another three weeks.

And if we’ve learned anything about the way Roberts and the Dodgers talk about injuries, we shouldn’t be surprised if that timeline gets pushed back again.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

One Comment

  1. Is it time to look at dropping this medical staff? Guys getting injured isn’t their fault but every time a guy gets injured the initial timeline they give us is wrong. Every. Single. Time. I’ve never seen anything like it.

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