Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports but every team deals with them each year. The Dodgers have seen their fair share so far in 2023 and it has led to them having to move things around more than they would have liked.
Until last week, Clayton Kershaw was one of the few LA pitchers that hadn’t seen time on the injured list but fate decided it was his turn. He left his start against the Colorado Rockies early with a shoulder issue and now is headed to the IL.
Luckily for Kershaw, he shouldn’t be out too long, but this injury also means that he won’t be able to participate in the All-Star game festivities next week in Seattle. The veteran left-hander was named to the National League team for the 10th time, tying the Dodgers franchise record. But now that he isn’t able to play, baseball has named his replacement for the game. That honor now goes to Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar. Pittsburgh is in LA this week for a four-game series and Bednar decided to be a cool person and leave Kershaw a gift.
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This is an awesome gesture from Bednar and shows what kind of person he is and the respect that Kershaw has around the league. It’s unfortunate that Kershaw won’t be able to participate in the game but he said that he will still attend the event. Bednar is more than deserving of being the replacement after his stellar year so far.
This extra time off should allow Kershaw to heal up for the stretch run of the season. He was in the midst of one of his best seasons in a long time so getting him back on the mound as soon as possible is the goal.
LA will manage without their ace for this week and the hope is that he won’t have to miss any more time. The team needs him out there so here is too a speedy recovery for King Kersh!
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