The Dodgers were hoping to get some good news on Clayton Kershaw this week. The veteran southpaw was scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday afternoon to prepare for an activation next week in Anaheim. That did not happen.
Instead, Dave Roberts revealed that Kershaw was dealing with some lingering soreness. That led the Dodgers to bump back his simulated game which would presumably also bump back his Saturday start.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, Doc revealed that they still did not know when Kershaw would throw. That is a bit of a concern even with Max Scherzer added into the starting rotation this week. The added factor of Tony Gonsolin’s IL placement only further complicates the matter,
He just went out and played catch, but I don’t know. Obviously, he’s not pitching in a game today in a simulated situation. So it’s more of making sure we get to the next day and at some point soon when he feels pain-free and he feels strong enough to go out there and pitch a simulated game, then we’ll get to that point.
It sounds like Kershaw will have to throw his simulated game before the Dodgers consider activating him. That means that they are likely going to need to find someone to make the start on Saturday or go with a bullpen game.
Kershaw has been out since right before the All-Star break when the Dodgers placed him on the IL with forearm soreness. But for the moment, they don’t even have an anticipated day to get him throwing to hitters. It’s concerning to say the least.