On his birthday, news broke that Clayton Kershaw will not begin the regular season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw has been on the sidelines with left shoulder inflamattion, and has not yet appeared in a Cactus League game.
Pedro Moura among others echoed this melancholy news with a tweet.
Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw will begin the season on the injured list.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) March 19, 2019
Furthermore, Dave Roberts had little to expand upon this news.
“When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’ll pitch for us,” Roberts said.
That tells us very little leading into the future, Dave. Still, not all is lost here. Various reports said that Kershaw’s latest bullpen session was a success, and in some 30-plus pitches he used his full repertoire. It’s reasonable to expect that Kershaw continues on his rehabilitation plan and joins the big league club not long into April.
Of course, this made official what we have all suspected this spring. Kershaw’s streak of nine consecutive Opening Day starts will come to a halt.
Obviously, this held some degree of importance to Kershaw.
Asked last week if making a ninth straight Opening Day start mattered to him, Kershaw said, “Yes and no.”
Since it was Kershaw’s birthday, the Dodgers official twitter account posted a memory you will all hold near and dear to your heart. Let’s look back quickly on that night in 2014 that the earth stood still, except for the voice of Vin Scully.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 19, 2019
When will we see Clayton Kershaw? No one knows. If you have an opinion on it, your thoughts are welcome in the comments. My best guess is we see Kershaw get a rehab appearance in or an extended spring training stay until his workload is up to speed. Then, he joins the team in mid or late April for hopefully the rest of the way.
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