The Dodgers and Cardinals will play the Wild Card Game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. But unlike in years past, Clayton Kershaw will not be on the active roster. It’s been a very long time since the veteran southpaw wasn’t one of the first guys out of the gate in the postseason, but this year has been full of firsts.
Kershaw went down with an arm injury last Friday night, and Dodgers fans have been holding their breath ever since. Give the obvious pain he was in and Dave Roberts almost immediately ruling him out of the postseason, there were plenty of reasons to worry.
The only hope for Dodgers fans was that Kersh would be able to avoid major surgery. Regardless of playoff availability in 2021, losing him for an entire year due to Tommy John would be a devastating blow, even if he is not under contract yet.
But the Dodgers got VERY good news today. In his Wild Card media session on Wednesday, Roberts revealed that imaging had returned on Kershaw’s elbow. Doc said that although he is still considered out for the entire postseason, there was no ligament damage.
That news is HUGE for the Dodgers and for Kershaw. Fans would obviously like to see him return to Los Angeles, and Kershaw would no doubt like to keep pitching here if everything lines up right. But the fact that he is not absolutely facing major surgery is huge.
Get well soon Clayton, and we’ll see you on the bump next year.