The Dodgers got a major update on one of their free agents recently, as veteran starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will have surgery to deal with the shoulder injury that nagged at him throughout the second half of the season. There were questions about whether Kershaw would retire this offseason, but in his post about the surgery, it seems that he still wants to try to keep playing.
The future Hall-of-Fame pitcher essentially has a guaranteed contract for next season from LA, and if he chooses to return, they will sign him. But there has also been talk about him possibly going to the Texas Rangers to be closer to his hometown.
Either way, it seems that Kershaw wants to give it a go next season, which is great news. Infielder Max Muncy appeared on the MLB Network show High Heat and gave his thoughts on the news about Kershaw having surgery.
“You know, it makes me happy [knowing that he wants to come back and pitch]. He’s one of the best competitors in the game of baseball and I’ve been honored and blessed to be his teammate for the last six, seven years and getting to see how he goes about his work every single day, it’s not surprising to me why he’s had the success that he’s had because I know he’s been the same guy his entire career. It’s really special to watch first hand and I know fans get to see him every fifth day, but when you see him every single day the work that he puts in it’s it’s really special. And so for me it’ll be fun to get to see him comeback for another year. Hopefully it’s with us, but just to get a chance to see him pitch I know it’ll be really fun and be really special.”Per Max Muncy via High Heat
Muncy has been teammates with Kershaw for some time now, so this is music to his ears. He knows just how dominant Kershaw can be when he is on, and that the version of Kershaw we all saw toward the end of the year wasn’t him.
While the veteran isn’t the same player that he once was, he can still contribute to this Dodgers team. Even if he has to miss a chunk of time next season, if they can get him back in the second half of the year, that would be welcomed.
Kershaw has meant so much to this Dodgers organization, and he deserves to come back at least for another year. He should be able to at least try to go out on a high note, rather than the awful performance he put together in the playoffs this year.
LA fans everywhere are hoping that he can make his way back to the team for another year. If anything, he could be honored in what would be a farewell tour, even if he doesn’t announce that it will be his final season.
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