TodayDodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw’s MRI showed no serious injuries. Athletic Fabian Ardaya and other journalists. This is as Roberts put itBest-case scenario” for Kershaw’s injury, though a timetable for the southpaw’s return is still unknown.
August 5: The Dodgers announced that they have placed Clayton Kershaw 15 day injury list citing low back pain. Utility worker Chris Taylor He returned from his own IL stint to take the vacated active roster spot. Los Angeles remembered the relief Reyes Moronta Out of Triple-A Oklahoma City and out of the draft James Outman.
Kershaw hit IL for the second time this season. About a month between May and early June, he lost a swelling in his right hip. The future Hall of Famer returned and made ten more starts before yesterday’s exit. After throwing four innings of two-run ball in the last win over the Giants, Kershaw came out for his hot streak to start the fifth. He pulled himself out of the game after experiencing some soreness in his lower back, and that issue will keep him out of action for at least the next few weeks.
The team has not provided a timetable for Kershaw’s return, and the announced diagnosis of “lower back pain” is ambiguous. You’ll definitely be wary of the 34-year-old, especially since he’s been on the injured list at least once every season since 2016. This includes cases for background issues every year between 2016-18. With a 12 1/2 game lead over the Padres in the NL West, the Dodgers may feel comfortable playing things slowly with key players over the final two months.
While Kershaw doesn’t carry the same workloads that his prime did, he’s still one of the sport’s best players at a reasonable price. In 85 1/3 innings this season, the three-time Cy Young winner has a 2.64 ERA with an above average 26.2% strikeout rate and a 48.5% ground ball percentage. Kershaw’s fastball sits in the 90 MPH range, but he certainly has the game’s best command and hasn’t walked more than 6% of the batters he’s faced in a season in over a decade.
Kershaw’s trip to IL leaves Julius Uriah, Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson And Andrew Heaney For the moment as the top four of the rotation. Ryan Pepiott. And Michael Grove They are depth options in Triple-A, and the club seems to embrace hard pitching Dustin May Come back in the not too distant future. Manager Dave Roberts told MLB Network Radio this afternoon on SiriusXM that May could return in the club’s Aug. 19-21 series against the Marlins (Twitter link). The 24-year-old has been out all season recovering from Tommy John surgery in May 2021, but has been on the sidelines since mid-July. Roberts has indicated he will make two more starts in Oklahoma City before returning to the big league club, though he left open the possibility he could join an MLB team after one more Triple-A appearance in May.
Taylor returns to the starting lineup a month after breaking his left leg. It’s a quick recovery for an injury of that magnitude, and Roberts indicated he’ll earn his spot in the secondary tonight. This year will be Taylor’s first appearance on the field, as he has only worked on grass this year. Taylor logged 502 innings in left field, with 57 and 56 frames in center and right, respectively.
Of course, Taylor has made a name for himself in previous seasons with his defensive versatility. He can play anywhere off the diamond and the club seems content to let him back on the field occasionally. Gavin Lux And Treya Turner Make an excellent middle infield duo Max Muncy Mainly playing third base Justin Turner He landed in IL on Tuesday. Taylor will likely spend most of his time in the outfield, but the ability to get some action in the dirt allows Roberts more flexibility in managing infield reps. The 31-year-old will look to be offensive later in the month as he has a .238/.319/.409 line on the year with a career-high 35.4% strikeout rate in 285 plate appearances.