Friday was just the worst night for Dodgers fans, and really just baseball fans. Watching Clayton Kershaw leave his start in the 2nd inning clearly in pain was so difficult to watch. Seeing him on the bench in the dugout was even worse.
The 33-year-old southpaw left the start with what the Dodgers are calling forearm discomfort. It was bad enough that a guy like Kershaw that pushes through everything was not able to continue in the middle of a division race.
After the game, Kershaw didn’t offer much in the way of hope for his immediate future. The Dodgers starter talked about the next couple of weeks and the disappointment that he was probably going to miss the playoffs entirely.
The biggest thing is that I just wanted to be part of this team going through October. This team is special, you saw tonight…I’ve known that. I know that we’re going to do something special this year, and I wanted to be part of that. That’s the hardest part for me right now, that chances are it’s not looking great for October. Overall though, it’s going to be fun to watch. I’m excited for these guys and what they’re going to do.
The concern is obviously Kershaw’s long-term future with the Dodgers and baseball, not really the immediate. At 33-years-old and in the final year of his contract, fans just want to know what the plan is if major surgery is in the cards.
Obviously, his future is still yet to be determined until the team figures out the issue. But Dave Roberts had also said before the game they were not optimistic given where the team is in their season. With just 2 games left until postseason baseball, Kersh is almost certainly done for the year.
Get well soon, Clayton. Go win it for him.