The Dodgers are making a few roster moves ahead of their series with the Phillies this weekend. On the day off, they claimed a catcher and an arm while also needing to shift around some guys on the injured list.
That includes Clayton Kershaw, who the Dodgers moved to the 60-day IL today. The veteran southpaw has been on the injured list since before the All-Star break when he was shut down with forearm tightness.
Kershaw was initially supposed to throw a simulated game last Sunday. That did not happen though and the Dodgers were apparently forced to shut him down from throwing altogether. He was going to be the Saturday starter in Anaheim if that sim game went according to plan.
The move doesn’t necessarily mean that Kershaw is in danger of missing the rest of the season, but it doesn’t exactly inspire hope. The Dodgers have already said that they don’t expect him back until September which would be right on track with the 60-day IL placement.
The biggest question right now seems to be the health of his arm. Kershaw has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the course of his career, but an arm injury like this is new to him. That has Dodgers fans on edge as we very quickly approach the end of the regular season.
Time isn’t necessarily running out, but they will probably need to get him built back up when he does return to action.