Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw exits recreation in second inning with left forearm discomfort

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on 5 hits in simply 1 2/3 innings Friday night time earlier than assembly with Dodgers employees — together with athletic trainers — and leaving the sport with an harm. A couple of innings later, the Dodgers introduced he departed due to “left forearm discomfort.” 

Kershaw threw 42 pitches and solely retired 5 of the ten batters he confronted. His fastball velocity did not seem like down or something, however one thing was definitely mistaken. He did not pitch in any respect from July 3 to Sept. 13 as a result of a forearm/elbow harm. He was sturdy in his first two outings after his return however did 4 runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings to a foul Diamondbacks crew final trip. 

If Kershaw is to overlook any time shifting towards the playoffs, the Dodgers’ four-man rotation possible units up like so (assuming they’re the highest NL wild card): 

  • Max Scherzer, lined as much as pitch the wild card recreation
  • Walker Buehler, possible Game 1 NLDS starter, in the event that they win the wild card recreation
  • Julio Urías, possible Game 2 
  • Tony Gonsolin, possible Game 3

If Kershaw is full go, he is certainly most well-liked over Gonsolin. 

As for Kershaw personally, his 2021 common season is now over. He ends it with a 3.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in opposition to 21 walks in 121 2/3 innings. He was glorious within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, too. 

Kershaw is a free agent after the season. He’s not going to ever be Prime Kershaw once more, however he can nonetheless be a rattling good frontline pitcher when he is wholesome. Note the numbers above. Of course, he is handled again accidents a number of years and the forearm harm this yr is regarding as nicely. 

In the near-term, clearly the Dodgers would love him again on the mound as quickly as doable. 

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