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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw to Start on Thursday



On Sunday the Dodgers will be looking to grab the series win versus the Padres. That’s not the biggest storyline, though. Prior to the game, manager Dave Roberts announced that Clayton Kershaw’s time on the DL will be coming to an end.

On May 6, Kershaw was placed on the disabled list with left bicep tendinitis. There was no timetable for his return, and we’ve all been playing the waiting game with this injury. Luckily, it appears that waiting game will shortly be coming to an end.

On the season, Clayton is 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA. For most pitchers, that is a career-year in regards to earned run average. For Kershaw, it’s considered a down year. There’s no question that je’s has been a little shaky this year (by his standards). In his seven starts, he failed to make it past the 7th inning in any of them. He’s allowing allowing home runs like never before, already having allowed seven on the season.

Analysis

Regardless of his “down season”, it sure will be great to see No. 22 back on the mound. During his absence, players such as Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling have stepped up. Being only 3.5 games out of first, Kershaw is returning at the perfect time. Hopefully he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, and help lead the Dodgers to their sixth straight division title.

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