LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers took a giant blow earlier than they even started a postseason protection of their World Collection championship.
Ace Clayton Kershaw exited his start with left forearm discomfort within the second inning towards the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night time. It is the identical damage that shut him down from July 4 to Sept. 12.
“Chances are, it’s not looking great for October right now,” a glum Kershaw mentioned. “I just wanted to be a part of this team going through October. This team is special.”
Kershaw may have additional exams on Saturday, supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.
“Just not too optimistic right now,” Roberts mentioned.
Kershaw is 10-8 with a 3.38 ERA, his highest mark since a 4.26 ERA as a rookie in 2008.
He gave up three runs and two hits on 42 pitches over 1 2/3 innings in his remaining regular-season begin. The left-hander struck out one and walked none earlier than he felt ache sturdy sufficient that he needed to cease.
“That’s the hard part right now, knowing it’s going to be a challenge to even contribute at all this next month,” he mentioned.
Roberts and a coach went to the mound to test on the three-time Cy Younger Award winner after seeing him wince a number of occasions.
“It was difficult,” Roberts mentioned. “Last home start this year and you just don’t know what the future is going to predict. I wanted it to be really special for him and his family.”
Kershaw walked off and moderately than hand over the ball, as pitchers sometimes do once they’re being changed, he stored it in his glove.
“Probably just shock. I had no idea I was holding onto the ball,” he mentioned. “Probably should have given it to Doc.”
Kershaw can change into a free agent after this season. Relying on whether or not the playoff-bound Dodgers advance within the postseason and his well being, it may have been his final look with the workforce.
“So far as anything goes, I haven’t wrapped my head round it,” he said, “and I don’t plan to anytime soon.”
The Dodgers remained two games behind San Francisco in the chase for the NL West title but assured of hosting the NL wild-card game if they don’t catch the Giants with two games left.
Kershaw misplaced his final begin at Arizona final weekend, permitting 4 runs (three earned) and 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 defeat.
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