Clayton Kershaw resigned on Friday for the 2021 season.
The Dodgers left-hander said it “doesn’t look great for October” because his hand discomfort forced him to miss his start in the second inning against The Brewers. He missed two-plus months with a similar illness from early July to mid-September.
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“I felt something in my elbow in the second inning,” Kershaw said. “Hands, elbows, I don’t know what it is. The same kind of thing I brought.”
He hinted at how serious the latest injury was but excluding himself from the playoffs. The Los Angeles postseason will begin next week in one of the National League Wild-Card Games or NL Division Series. The LA Giants have been left behind to play two games in the NL West, but it has already earned at least one wild card spot.
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“I know we’re going to do something special this year and I wanted to be a part of it. The hardest part for me at the moment is just knowing that, chances are, it doesn’t look very good for October right now. Overall it will be fun to watch, Kershaw said. He said “he will be examined in the next two days.” According to MLB.com, the Kershore test will be held on Saturday.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team is not too optimistic about Kershaw now about how much time is left in the season.
“I don’t want to read too much into it right now, but of course coming down the hill, it wasn’t a good feeling for anyone,” he said.
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Kershaw, 33, had 22 starts this year due to injury and was limited to 121 2/3 innings. He posted 3.55 ERA and 10.65 strikeouts per nine innings.
As serious as losing to Kershaw, the rotation in Los Angeles is deep enough to go through at least one wild-card game and five-game NLDS. Max Scherzer (1.9 ERA), Walker Buhler (2.49 ERA) and Julio Urias (0.01 ERA) are the top three starters and Tony Gonsolin (23.223 ERA) Can meet as no. All-Star break in late August before returning to Bullpen.
The Dodgers have put together about 20 bullpen games this year, but in the playoffs it may not be a good option. Strict roster restrictions in the post season will make it harder for the front office to manipulate pitching staff spots like the regular season. A player who is removed from the active roster during the playoff round is disqualified for the remainder of that round and for the next round.