The good news is that the Dodgers walked away with a series sweep over the Giants this week. It was the second time in a matter of weeks that they had taken down their rivals in a 4-game series sweep. But the bad news is that they did not make it out of the Bay Area healthy.
Clayton Kershaw left his start in the 5th inning. While tossing warm-up pitches, it became immediately clear that something was wrong. Kersh indicated to the Dodgers’ training staff that his back had flared up again for the second time this season.
Kershaw will still need to go through a series of tests in Los Angeles to determine the severity. But according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, it’s very unlikely that he will be able to avoid his second stint on the injured list due to that back issue.
“We’ll know more later, probably when I get to the field. I just can’t see it not being an IL situation. But I am optimistic in the sense of that it shouldn’t be too long in terms of him being down.”
Kershaw missed over a month of the season after pitching in Chicago back in April. That was also an issue with his back, which sounds like exactly what happened this time around. His back locked up on him from the flight to Pittsburgh from Chicago at that time.
But it’s going to be something the Dodgers will have to manage for as long as Kershaw plays. Anyone with back issues knows how difficult it can be to manage, and it certainly doesn’t just go away overnight.
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