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Dodgers Roster: Clayton Kershaw Activated from Injured List

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, on the injured list since August 5 with a back issue, was activated this morning. With the expansion of the active roster to 28 players as of today, September 1, no corresponding move was necessary. Kershaw will start this afternoon’s series finale in New York against Chris Bassitt of the Mets.

Kershaw left his start in San Francisco on August 4 when he felt something in his back warming up before the bottom of the fifth inning. He was placed on the injured list the next day, although he and the Dodgers have been optimistic of a quick return since an epidural injection completely resolved the pain.

In fact, Kershaw believes he has been ready to return for a while, telling Bill Plunkett over the weekend:

“Sometimes you can’t decide when you get to pitch. They tell you. I’m just trying to listen to them as best I can, not get too impatient.”

With Kershaw’s injury history, it made sense for the Dodgers to slow-play his return a bit. Last year, he returned from the IL in mid-September, only to re-injure himself in the last series of the season, causing him to miss the entire postseason. The Dodgers, who have an insurmountable lead in the NL West instead of the dogfight they were in last year, can afford to ease Kershaw back with an eye on having him fully ready to go the second week in October.

No word yet on his pitch or inning count for his start in New York today, but Kershaw threw 70 pitches in his last simulated game. Past experience would tell us the pitch limit would be no more than 80 or 85, but with the goal of October health, they might limit him even a little more than that.

Whatever the limit, we get Kershaw Day for the first time in four weeks, so it’s a happy day for Dodger fans.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. I fail to understand why the Dodgers do not “reset” Gallo, Taylor and/or Belli and bring up Outman? I wish someone could explain this to me.

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