The Los Angeles Dodgers may not have entered their best call postseason.
Kershaw is dealing with left-arm discomfort and the Dodgers aren’t optimistic about his post-season availability, manager Dave Roberts said after Friday’s 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Asked about Kershor’s post-season availability, Roberts told reporters, including Juan Toribio of MLB.com, “We’re not too optimistic right now about where we’re on schedule and what’s left of the season.” “I don’t know exactly. But he couldn’t keep pitching, so it’s pretty cool.”
Kershaw played just 1 2/3 innings on Friday night, allowing three of five hits before coming out of the game.
Friday’s performance was phenomenal. Fore did not pitch from July to September 1 due to hand-foot / elbow injuries. However, he was strong in his first two outings since returning.
Kershaw told reporters after Friday’s victory that his current illness was “of the same kind” that he had been dealing with for some time. He also expressed frustration at not being able to pitch a potential play-off.
“The biggest thing is I just wanted to be a part of this team by October. It’s the hardest part for me at the moment, just knowing that I don’t feel good for October right now.”
The Dodgers have already secured a postseason spot and have survived the fight for the top spot in the NL West, although the San Francisco Giants could win the division title with another win or a loss to the Dodgers. LA has won eight NL West titles in a row.
If Kershaw misses the start of the post-season, the Dodgers rotation will likely include Max Scherzer, who was ready to play the wild-card game, Walker Bueller, Julio Urias and Tony Gonsolin.
For Kershaw, he finished the 2021 regular season 10-8 with 3.55 ERA, 1.019 WHIP and 144 strikeouts across 124.2 innings. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Kershaw admitted in February that he was not sure if he would sign an extension with the Dodgers. However, he added that he has “no intention” to retire after the 2021 season. So, he’s pitching somewhere even if he’s not in LA