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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Gets As Clean of a Bill of Health as He Can Following MRI



When the news was dropped by the team earlier this week, the collective heart of Dodgers Nation dropped. Clayton Kershaw had an elbow issue and was hitting the injured list for the first time in 2021. The injury was quickly updated to forearm soreness and Dave Roberts made it seem like the team wasn’t overly concerned for the ace.

On Friday, he underwent an MRI in Los Angeles that confirmed that lack of concern.

Ahead of last night’s loss, Roberts provided the update to media on Zoom.

Clayton had an MRI this morning and just like we expected, it was just inflammation. He’s going to start playing catch again [Saturday] and enjoy the break with his family. We’ll figure out when in the second half we’ll pencil him back in the rotation.

Doc admitted that the IL move was done mostly out of caution, noting that the left-hander had never had any soreness in his elbow area over his 14-year career, so the club “wanted to check all the boxes.”

What made the IL stint worse was the timing of it. The Dodgers were already down a starter and were dealing with an overworked bullpen as it was. So to lose a starter, things looked bleak at first glance.

Thankfully, Kershaw will get the 10 days off to rest up for the stretch run in the second half, something that has added importance coming off a shortened 60-game season. The 33-year-old hasn’t made 30 or more starts since 2015, a number he is on-pace for this season.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Still have 3 aces Kershaw Julio and Buhler and Gonsolin fourth starter and hopefully price can gives 5 innings per game after a few starts. Dodgers will still run away with division maybe they can trade for a decent starter cause probaby Bauer won’t pitch for Dodgers again.

    • Run away? I don’t think so. Giants are for real, with much better pitching.
      SD is not too far off and will be a thorn in LA’s side for a while.

    • Good to think positive but have to be realistic. The Dodgers had a good opportunity to take over 1st place this 2 series but not the way they are playing in all phases against low budget last place teams. The Giants also have injured stars but they find ways to win w/ a combo of old vets. and overachieving reserves. Zaidi & Kapler have gotten their team in believing——yes they’ve been a surprise. Now the Padres, I think they are the strongest between the three. Watching them comeback down 8-0 against Wash. & Scherzer and beat them w/ a walk-off, says something is good in what’s happening for them . The Dodgers have lost a lot of close & x- tra innings game. Comparing the Pads w/ Dodgers, pos. by pos., they have the better overall talent and fighting energy. That is contagious and transferring over to their fan base. Take a look ——compare the player’s defense and offensive talent to each of the starting nine they are much more productive.

  2. A shocking development! The league has been watching Dodgers manipulation of IL system so they’ve had to get better at their subterfuge

  3. That was my diagnosis too. A little elboitus. Things like that happen. Clayton Kershaw is pitching great. It hard to believe that he hasn’t pitched in 30 or more starts since 2015 to which he is on trac for this season.

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