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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw’s Friday Return Now in Doubt

Another setback for Kershaw? Possibly.



The good news is that the Dodgers will be getting some major pitching help this week. With the need for a starting pitcher growing, Andrew Friedman went out and got the best arm on the market in a deal that landed them Max Scherzer. 

The bad news is that Scherzer isn’t pitching until Wednesday and the Dodgers are running short on arms. They’re covered through Wednesday, but things get a little dicey after that. Tony Gonsolin was just placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and will miss at least 1 start.

In addition to that, Clayton Kershaw might not be as on track as the team hoped. The southpaw was supposed to throw a simulated game on Sunday in Arizona, but Dave Roberts could not guarantee that on Saturday. 

I wish I had that definitive answer. I think we’re going to get through today and see where he’s at tomorrow to see if that plan stays as is. I can’t confirm that. That’s our plan. But until he gets through it and does it, I can’t confirm.

Kershaw hit the injured list just before the All-Star break with forearm inflammation. He was supposed to throw a sim game in order to be activated on Saturday against the Angels. If the sim game gets moved, his start would also be moved. That would put the Dodgers in a tough spot. 

But Doc isn’t ready to call it a setback. 

It’s not a setback. But if we want to move forward, we would like the soreness to be not an issue. Again, the main thing with Clayton is to get him back so he stays back for the duration and through the postseason. So right now, there’s no hard date or deadline.

Even if he’s not calling it a setback, the lingering soreness that Doc described is at least concerning. The Dodgers have 2 days off over the net week though, and that should help them while they’re missing Gonsolin. 

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Julio Urias gets the start this afternoon while Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer will go on Tuesday and Wednesday. That would presumably line up to have Julio throw again on Friday on normal rest. After that, it would likely end up a bullpen game if Kershaw isn’t ready. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Don’t get Kershaw ready for the playoffs, get him ready to make the playoffs. Assuming we’re automatically getting there leads to the kind of erratic play we’ve been seeing.

  2. I hope when we negotiate Clayton’s free agency after this season we don’t give him a similar contract. He certainly hasn’t earned his HUGE salary these last few years what with all his injuries and time on the IL. He OWES it to the Dodgers to sign for a drastically reduced contract. It’s always the same. Makes a couple of starts then goes on the IL for a couple of months. Over and over and over again.

  3. Bellinger has not hit since may 2019!.. Proving he is uncoachable.He cannot continue to stand with feet together, locked knees as tall as the Statue of Liberty and expect to hit major league pitching.And Roberts should send him to minors single A! When he can K less than 10% of the time he can move up to AA.70 ab’s, the same, to AAA 100abs. He is missing the ball by 18″! And popping up( being late on pitch).Otherwise create 3 holes in the lineup, and accept 3rd place trophy

  4. Being a lifelong Dodger fan starting in Brooklyn, it always made me laugh when they compare Kershaw to Koufax. #32 pitched with a debilitating injury every 3=4 days because the Dodgers were always in a dogfight for the pennant. Kershaw goes down at the most important stretches and uses some type of injury as an excuse for his below average performances.

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