It was supposed to be only 10 days — just a little break in the middle of the season. But now Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is into month number two on the injured list as he works through some soreness in his forearm/elbow area.
At one point, Clayton was hoping to make his return tonight against the Angels. However, a setback now has his return date looking more like September than August. Yesterday via Zoom, Kersh talked about frustrations with the injury and where he’s now at in his recovery.
“Basically I just tried to come back too fast which is a bummer. After the sim game, it really didn’t respond well. It’s frustrating. It’s still nothing serious. But it’s something that’s just going to take a little bit of time. … I’m feeling better now and should be able to get going again soon.”
What makes it worse for the veteran is the fact that he knows his team needs help right now. Since he hit the IL on July 7th, the Dodgers are 12-12 and have failed to make up any ground on the division leading Giants. In fact, they’ve fallen 2.5 games further behind.
“It’s no fun,” Kershaw added. “Being hurt is miserable. I really don’t enjoy it at all, especially with what’s going on here and the guys we have coming in. This stretch run right now, I want to be a part of it so bad. I’m going to do everything I can to be back. I think I will be. But it’s definitely looking more like September than August. I know we’re still going to be in the middle of it, so I’m excited to be a part of it then.”
Kershaw was in the middle of a fine year in 2021. In 18 starts he has a 9-7 record with a 3.39 ERA over 106.1 innings pitched. Notably, the forearm issues began soon after MLB decided to enforce the sticky stuff rule in the middle of a season, so think what you want with that note.
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s charity, Kershaw’s Challenge, is still hard at work doing what can to help people locally and abroad. Today, Kershaw’s Challenge is hosting the 8th annual “Back to School Bash” at the Los Angeles Dream Center where backpacks, school supplies, and more will be provided for 2,500 kids.
“After a year of a lot virtual, including this event, it feels really great to be back in person,” said Clayton. “The Back to School Bash with our friends at the Dream Center is one of our favorite parts of every year. It was awesome to see the team pull off a drive-thru event last year, but it feels awesome to get to do it face to face this year. Kershaw’s Challenge is really proud to partner with the Dream Center again. It’s an honor to serve the families and kids of LA by their side.”
Kershaw’s Challenge began in 2011 and has been working to serve vulnerable and at-risk children living in Los Angeles, Dallas, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic. More than $14 million has been raised by the nonprofit over the last 10 years.