Anyone who has seen Clayton Kershaw pitch lately knows he isn’t right. The Dodgers long-time ace walked 5 batters in his most recent start in Miami this past week and struggled with his velocity, averaging about 87 mph on his fastball.
It was certainly a cause for concern amongst Dodger faithful.
In a conversation on the Foul Territory Live podcast, newest LA hurler Lance Lynn, who shares a locker with the future Hall of Famer, provided some insight into Kershaw’s troubles at the moment.
“Obviously, being his locker mate and getting to talk to him a little bit, physically and everything he’s in a good spot. He’s a little frustrated that it’s not coming out the way he wants right now, but I also know that he’s doing everything to make sure when it comes time he’s going to be ready to come out.”Via Foul Territory
In his first few starts after the IL, Kershaw looked great. Now his velocity and command are not where Kershaw has made us accustomed to. He is frustrated, and the Dodgers and their fans are concerned. In Lynn’s view, the left-hander may just be working through building back up from the relatively long lay off.
“He threw some simulated games then came back and got right into games after the layoff. I think he’s gonna be truly seeing some build up — and right now is that time where you have that little down [period] because you’re going through getting back in the flow of things, multiple starts, multiple innings in a row. So I think down the stretch here we’ll be in a good spot getting built back up, especially moving into the playoffs.”
This is the first time in Kershaw’s 16-year career he has dealt with shoulder problems publicly. His immense desire to help the Dodgers win makes him rush the rehabilitation process. At the end of July, the Dodgers needed starters. Kershaw thought he could help his team without a rehab assignment after missing 6 weeks.
In the past, baseball called what Kershaw is going through a dead arm period. The Dodgers and Kershaw hope this period will pass before the postseason begins.
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