Times for the Los Angeles Dodgers might not be defined as ‘great’ but they’re certainly getting good. Starting pitching has taken the baton, and the Dodgers won their second consecutive series on Wednesday night in defeating the Colorado Rockies. Prior to the game, Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session. By all reports, things went well and Kershaw is progressing quickly in his recovery.
Kershaw threw 54 pitches after originally expected to throw 30. After the first 30, he took a break, then 24 more with Roberts in the batter’s box, switching sides.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 24, 2018
Dave Roberts said Kershaw wasn’t happy with his pitch execution, but he felt healthy and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday. He confirmed the session went longer than originally planned.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 23, 2018
Dave Roberts sounded optimistic at the beginning of the week in saying Kershaw could pitch next weekend. Indeed, it’s an encouraging sign that Kershaw threw more pitches than he planned on during the session. As we said – you want the news on the subject to keep inching along steadily in a positive manner. Again- it’s a great sign that Kershaw got more work in than expected – rather than cutting the session short.
So why would the club may opt for the simulated game on Saturday over a full rehab assignment? The reasoning is as simple as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are going to be on the road.
Getting a healthy Clayton Kershaw back right on schedule coinciding with the team playing better will have the Dodgers in lots of mainstream baseball conversations. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the strong pitching performances that the current staff is stringing together. Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, and Kenta Maeda deserve a strong pat on the back for the work they’ve been doing to keep this team afloat.
Things continue to be on the up and up for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The outlook could have been so much worse when the team confirmed that Kershaw had biceps tendonitis. It seems like Kershaw’s recovery timeline has flown by, and at press time the team is just 3.5 games out of first place in the National league West division. The Dodgers are slowly getting healthy, and that’s bad news for a division that is clearly wide open as we approach Memorial Day weekend.
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