The Dodgers have now become permanently marked as the team who can suffer record-tying injuries and climb to first place at the same time. Most of these injured players have been able to be replaced with bench players and prospects, that is, except for one. Clayton Kershaw’s absence has undoubtedly been missed in the starting rotation, but things are beginning to look up!
On Thursday night at the Dodgers All Access event, Andrew Friedman announced that Clayton Kershaw will be making a start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes this weekend. This will be the first, and possibly only, rehab assignment for Kershaw since going on the disabled list.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 2, 2016
BREAKING: Clayton Kershaw coming to LoanMart Field. https://t.co/DBWXdb8keK
— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) September 2, 2016
Clayton Kershaw has not started a game since June 26th, where he went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs against the Pirates. Overall this year, the MVP has an impressive 1.79 ERA with 11 wins and 2 losses.
The starting rotation has benefited from guys like Julio Urias and Ross Stripling, who have stepped up in this time of need. One could even say that Kenta Maeda has taken the leadership role in the starting rotation during Kershaw’s recovery. Luckily, it’s looking like Clayton Kershaw will be returning to the Dodgers soon to take his place at the top of the rotation.
The boys in blue are currently sitting 2 games in front of the Giants, and have done so without Kershaw. His return will only make this team even better, which should send shivers down the spines of every contending MLB team out there.