The Los Angeles Dodgers look to be cruising towards another playoff berth as they sit 2.0 games up for the first NL Wild Card spot. Their pitching depth is suddenly very shallow, but the team did receive good news as starter Clayton Kershaw is to resume throwing this weekend.
Clayton Kershaw Injury Update
Kershaw originally suffered a left forearm injury that caused him to be placed on the 10-day injured list. However, manager Dave Roberts has been adamant that it is just inflammation and an MRI on Friday confirmed that notion. That is encouraging news for a player in the midst of another solid year.
The 33-year-old starter is set to play catch on Saturday and then see where he can go from there. Assuming there are no setbacks, it's possible Kershaw is able to return shortly after the All-Star break. Veteran David Price has been taking on Kershaw's role in the rotation recently.
Kershaw has played all 14 of his MLB seasons with the Dodgers and is a leader in the clubhouse. He has posted a 9-7 record to go along with a 3.39 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 18 starts in 2021. Overall, he has racked up 127 strikeouts and is causing a career-high 16.3% swinging-strike rate in 106.1 innings pitched.
The Dodgers' main focus right now should be getting healthy in order to make another postseason run. They have remained the World Series favorites all season and currently have the best odds to win it all at +400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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