The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in baseball, putting together an 88-35 record and threatening the all-time record of 116 wins.
The team has continued rolling despite the absence of ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who’s been out since late-July due to a back injury. Kershaw missed 10 weeks in 2016 due to a herniated disc in his back, a trend that’s become concerning regarding the 6’4 former Most Valuable Player.
Kershaw was projected to miss four-to-six weeks, making his return the Dodgers’ bullpen all but imminent. The boys in blue have the luxury of being cautious with a huge lead on the MLB, and the latest update from Kershaw himself is incredibly promising for the team going forward.
Kersha has enjoyed one of his best seasons from a win-loss standpoint, racking up 15 wins and just two losses (.882). He’s on pace to have the best winning percentage of his career, though his 2.04 ERA is nowhere near the 1.69 he put up last season, or his 1.77 ERA during his 21-3 season.
The Dodgers need their ace pitcher to be fully locked in when the postseason comes along, and the plan is to see how he handles his first Triple-A assignment of his career. Kershaw is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City this coming Saturday.
Los Angeles could be eyeing Kershaw’s return to the Majors for their series against the San Diego Padres to open the month of September, making for plenty of time between his rehab assignment to make a decision on his return to the main roster.
This is good news for the Dodgers and fans, indicating Kershaw is on schedule and hasn’t suffered any setbacks during his time away. The Dodgers are hoping for a deep playoff run and need their ace to pitch like the force he’s been for Los Angeles for years. Taking a measured approach to make sure he’s ready for October is key in accomplishing that.