It’s been a while since the Dodgers have had a true starting rotation. In fact, you would have to look back to long before the All-Star break as the last time that they had a legitimate full rotation with guys who should be there.
That will change this Monday. After getting back Tony Gonsolin this past week, the Dodgers were just waiting on Clayton Kershaw to be ready to fill out the rotation. The veteran southpaw hit the IL right at the break with a forearm issue that has lingered deep into the year.
But the good news is that Kershaw is scheduled to return. Dave Roberts said on Friday before the game that the Dodgers have his set to start on Monday evening against Arizona. It will be the first time he takes the mound since July 3rd against the Nationals.
Doc also pointed out that Kershaw will not be built up. The Dodgers expect him to go 4 innings after throwing in just 1 rehab game with OKC this past week. Still, getting someone like Kershaw in there as a bulk guy is much better than the options they have been going with.
It also allows Kershaw to continue to build up towards being a postseason starter. With probably 4 starts in the regular season left for him, there is plenty of time for Kersh to get ready. Don’t look now, but the Dodgers starting rotation is getting healthy at the right time.