The Dodgers need at least one more starting pitcher to get through this tough stretch of games. With multiple doubleheaders and not many breaks, they’ve been forced to go to their farm system. That would include giving Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove their big league debuts within a week.
But the hope was that Clayton Kershaw would be able to bounce back from a sore back. That issue once again forced him to the injured list right before his scheduled start this past Friday. It was bad enough to the point where he needed to get an epidural for the pain.
Kershaw was supposed to throw a bullpens session sometime on Wednesday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had said that on Monday, but that appears to have changed. Kershaw is still experiencing discomfort in his back and Doc does not believe he will be ready to throw that bullpen session now.
Dave Roberts said it’s “unlikely” Clayton Kershaw throws a bullpen tomorrow. Still a possibility, but he’s still experiencing some discomfort after the epidural.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 17, 2022
But if there is any good news coming from this, it’s that Kershaw has not been shut down. He is still able to throw, which could still mean that he will be ready for his start whenever he is able to throw a bullpen session. The Dodgers could really use his help in the rotation right now, but getting him healthy is going to be the most important thing.
Before his back flared up, Kershaw was off to a red hot start to the 2022 season. Across his 5 starts, he struck out 32 batters across 30 innings of work and issued just 3 walks. Kersh also got tagged for 6 earned runs, good for a 1.80 ERA.
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