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LA Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has been on the injured list since Aug. 5 with spine pain, is defined to come back Thursday on the highway against the NY Mets.
Manager Dave Roberts announced the news headlines to reporters Tuesday.
Kershaw, 34, went 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 85.1 innings over 15 starts this year.
The good thing on Kershaw’s return comes each day after bad news on fellow starter Tony Gonsolin, who landed on the injured list with the right forearm strain retroactive to Aug. 26.
Walker Buehler, a two-time All-Star, has already been out because of this season and likely most of 2023 after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the next amount of time in his career.
Kershaw had been positioned on the injured list earlier this season with pelvic joint inflammation and missed per month.
L.A. still finds itself atop the complete MLB having an 89-38 record thanks largely to a robust and potent lineup and a deep starting rotation which includes Tyler Anderson, Julio Uras and Andrew Heaney.
At this time in the growing season, though, the Dodgers looks as if they’ll cruise to the very best record in baseball heading in to the playoffs. The 82-47 Mets certainly are a full eight games back of the Dodgers for first in the National League, and winning the upcoming series in NY could all but seal the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Ultimately, it’s imperative for the team to obtain as healthy as you possibly can and set itself up for October success. Getting Kershaw back is really a big part of the proper direction because the Dodgers search for their second World Series title in 3 years.