The Dodgers have announced they are putting ace Clayton Kershaw on the list of 10 days injured with inflammation in the left forearm. Righty Mitch White he was recalled by Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the active list.
No chronology has been set for Kershaw’s return, but any injury to the forearm of a pitcher is obviously of some concern. It’s particularly alarming when that pitcher is a player of Kershaw’s caliber. While he is no longer the sport’s best pitcher as he was at his peak, the three-time Cy Young Award winner remains a highly effective hurler. Through 106 1/3 innings this season, Kershaw has worked at an ERA 3.39 with fantastic rate and walking footage (30.1% and 4.5%, respectively).
An IL stint for Kershaw only adds to the likelihood that the Dodgers will gain some initial pitching depth before the July 30 deadline. The reigning World Series champions are still in the midst of a three-way battle in the NL West. Los Angeles tracks the Giants through half of the game and finds three games on the Padres ’third place.
Getting Kershaw to the stretch race is obviously vital for the Dodgers as they try to defend their championship. It’s also pivotal for Kershaw personally, as he is expected to join the free agency at the end of the season. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes has cut the 33-year-old’s debut south of his most recent power ratings of free agents last month.