The Dodgers have been without long-time ace Clayton Kershaw for a pretty long time now. The 2020 World Series Champion has been sidelined since early July with an issue in his throwing forearm.
Initially, it was termed elbow inflammation and something that was expected to keep him out not much longer than 10 days. Eventually, he was placed on the 60-day injured list and was still dealing with soreness as recently as a week ago.
Clayton re-joined the team at Dodger Stadium on Monday and picked up a baseball for the time in more than a week.
Kershaw soft tossing in the OF. Looks good to me. pic.twitter.com/EGuzVVMZLS
— Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) August 16, 2021
Dodger manager Dave Roberts shared an update ahead of LA’s 2-1 win over the Pirates. Moreover, he shared his best-case scenario for the three-time NL Cy Young award winner.
I hope and expect him to be pitching for us sometime next month. Best case scenario is he’ll be making a couple of starts in September. That’s kind of the best-case scenario and then we’ll see how it plays out.
Last week, Kershaw admitted that he tried to “come back too fast” in his recovery from the discomfort. Now, at the earliest, Clayton could come off the IL on September 5th. With that comes a ticking clock. The left-hander hasn’t pitched in a game since July 3rd and would need time to build up to a starter’s workload. Notably, the team is willing to concede that there might not be enough time left on the calendar to build him up. With that, the possibility of a bullpen role could be on the table.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.