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Dodgers Notes: Shohei Ohtani Dominance, Clayton Kershaw Unsure on Return Date, Should LA Trade for Shortstop?

The Dodgers didn’t need the drama Thursday. A leadoff home run by Shohei Ohtani helped support a strong start by Gavin Stone, and the bullpen gave the Dodgers an easy path to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies — a relatively uneventful day at the park after back-to-back, game-winning rallies in the ninth inning.

Here’s what else you might have missed Thursday:



Dave Roberts on Shohei Ohtani’s Leadoff Impact

After Mookie Betts’ unfortunate hand fracture, Shohei Ohtani stepped in as the Dodgers’ leadoff batter and didn’t miss a beat. Over four games, Ohtani went 8-for-18, including multiple extra-base hits, highlighting his seamless transition and crucial role in the lineup. The Dodgers’ manager, Dave Roberts, acknowledged Ohtani’s impact, suggesting he will remain in this slot for the weekend series against the Angels.

Landon Knack to Start Against Angels

With Walker Buehler sidelined due to hip inflammation, rookie pitcher Landon Knack is joining the rotation to start the series opener against the Angels on Friday. This decision comes as the Dodgers lean on Knack’s recent promising performances in Triple-A, and his early success in four major league starts.

Clayton Kershaw’s Uncertain Return Timeline

Despite a successful rehab start with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Clayton Kershaw remains uncertain about his return date to the Dodgers. His cautious outlook reflects the careful management of his recovery from major shoulder surgery in Oct. 2023.

Debate Over Acquiring a New Full-Time Shortstop

As the trade deadline approaches, the Dodgers face a crucial decision on whether to secure a full-time shortstop to replace Mookie Betts. While internal options exist, the absence of Betts raises questions about the best strategic move for the team’s lineup stability.

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J.P. Hoornstra writes and edits Major League Baseball content for DodgersNation.com and is the author of 'The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time.' He once recorded a keyboard solo on the same album as two of the original Doors. Follow at https://x.com/jphoornstra

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