On Friday, Dodgers fans were greeted with one of their least favorite push notifications: Clayton Kershaw is headed to the injured list. Hours before the legendary lefty was scheduled to take the hill against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium, the team placed him on the IL with SI joint inflammation.
According to OCR’s JP Hoonstra, Kershaw’s back started barking on the flight back from Pittsburgh. A MRI didn’t reveal a serious injury, but did alert the team of the inflammation. Plunkett also reported that Clayton received an epidural injection.
A few hours later, Kershaw discussed his injury with reporters and believes he’ll be back after spending the minimum 15 days on the IL (quote via OCR’s JP Hoonstra).
“It’s a little sore right now. but I’m confident that by the time my (IL) stint’s over, I should be pretty close to ready to go if not ready to go.”
Last season, Kershaw made just four starts after the All-Star break and missed the entire postseason due to an elbow injury. As Dodgers fans would prefer not to remember, his injury this year isn’t an isolated incident unfortunately. As AM570’s David Vassegh pointed out, he’s had a variety of non-arm injuries over the years.
Clayton Kershaw has managed a variety of non arm/elbow issues during his career #Dodgers
2012: Right Hip Impingement
2014: Upper Back strain
2016: Herniated Disc
2017: Lower Back strain
2020: Back Stiffness
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 13, 2022
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t shy away from Kershaw’s injury history when speaking about his longtime franchise player.
“I think that I have to. It has to be on my mind, and it is. I think that’s the responsible way to look at things. You have to understand the history of any player. Clayton’s an easy bet to go out there and perform…he and I are in lockstep that the ultimate goal is to make sure he’s healthy through October, and I still expect that.”
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