Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers not optimistic after injury setback

Next week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will start a playoff journey for the ninth successive year. Yet this one might look extremely various.

Their streak of National League West department titles is on the edge. They returned to beat the Milwaukee Makers 8-6 on Friday night, however the San Francisco Giants reduced their magic number to clinch the department to one with a 3-0 success over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers should win their last 2 video games and the Giants should lose their last 2 to require a Video game 163. If it does not break L.A.’s method, the protecting champ Dodgers will head to an NL wild-card video game match versus the St. Louis Cardinals in spite of having 104 wins and counting.

And they likely will browse the postseason without Clayton Kershaw for the very first time because 2006.

Kershaw, their previous MVP, three-time Cy Young Award winner and guaranteed future Hall of Famer, left his start after quiting 5 hits and 3 runs in 1⅔ innings, tossing 42 pitches in his 4th start because missing out on almost 3 months with a left lower arm injury.

As Kershaw left with a fitness instructor, he took the baseball in his left hand instead of relinquish it to supervisor Dave Roberts.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw leaves the game with trainer Neil Rampe during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw leaves the video game with fitness instructor Neil Rampe throughout the 2nd inning versus the Milwaukee Makers at Dodger Arena.

“Obviously he felt something, didn’t feel like he could continue. We’re going to do some more tests (Saturday) but obviously when Clayton has to come out of a game it doesn’t bode well,” Roberts stated after the video game.

“What that means, we just don’t know enough right now. But where we’re at in the schedule and with what’s left of the season, just not too optimistic right now.”

Kershaw stated he felt something in his forearm/elbow location – “kind of the same thing I’ve been dealing with” – and stated he would get his arm took a look at in the coming days. He likewise appeared resigned to the truth this injury will likely end his season.

“I just wanted to be a part of this team going through October. This team is special… I know that we’re going to do something special this year and I wanted to be a part of that. That’s the hardest part for me right now, is just knowing that, chances are, it’s not looking great for October right now,” Kershaw stated.

“Overall, it’s going to be fun to watch and I’m excited for these guys to do what they’re going to do in October.”

Kershaw, 33, is a totally free representative after this year and hasn’t dismissed any circumstance for the 2022 season.

He restated Friday night that his future is “going to take care of itself.”

“I really wanted to be a part of the moment right now and I wanted to be with this group going through October. That was my only focus this whole year once I got hurt was just to come back and make it up for this month,” Kershaw stated. “So that’s the hard part right, is knowing it’s going to be a challenge to even contribute at all this next month.”

Kershaw may not have actually figured into the group’s strategies up until a Video game 4 of the NL Champion Series, ought to they arrive, with Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías atop the rotation. Yet Dodgers playoff baseball will not be the exact same without the franchise’s biggest lefty because Sandy Koufax, whose October fate has actually varied from dominant to star-crossed.

After 10 trips to the postseason, starting as a 20-year-old in 2008, Kershaw and the Dodgers finally broke through in 2020, winning their first championship because 1988 as Kershaw won 4 of his 5 playoff begins, consisting of Games 1 and 5 of the World Series versus Tampa Bay.

Kershaw’s 207 strikeouts are a postseason record, and he’s made 30 profession begins – a whole season’s worth of playoff work.

This year, he ends up 10-8 with a 3.55 PERIOD, and 144 strikeouts in 121⅔ innings.

Contributing: Jace Evans

This post initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Los Angeles Dodgers not positive about Clayton Kershaw injury

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