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.