Clayton Kershaw’s Sore Shoulder Affecting Performance: Dodgers’ Playoff Hopes Hang in Balance

Dodgers' Ace Clayton Kershaw Struggles with Sore Shoulder Ahead of Playoffs

Clayton Kershaw, the renowned ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has found himself grappling with a troublesome shoulder issue, and the repercussions are increasingly evident on the field.

In a prelude to LA’s 6-to-3 defeat against the Miami Marlins this Tuesday, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts made a startling revelation regarding Kershaw’s condition. It turns out that the star pitcher has been persevering through the challenges of a sore shoulder, and the impact is undeniable – it has taken a toll on both his velocity and command.

The Dodgers, gearing up for the postseason which is a mere month away, face a conundrum. They are hesitant to place Kershaw on the Injured List (IL) as it might jeopardize their playoff aspirations. Time is of the essence, and they cannot afford to sideline him, only to then have to ramp up his pitch count hastily before the crucial playoffs.

Despite the recent loss, Kershaw remains resolute, asserting that his shoulder is not the root cause of his struggles. True to his character, known and respected for 16 years, he refuses to make excuses for his subpar performance.

In light of Julio Urias’ legal entanglements likely sidelining him for the rest of the year, Kershaw is slated to take the mound in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). However, the Dodgers are fervently hoping for his complete recuperation before this pivotal start.

Another glimmer of hope for the Dodgers resides in Walker Buehler’s possible return from last August’s Tommy John surgery. His recent showing in Oklahoma City has been promising, with manager Roberts announcing his plan to have Buehler pitch another two innings on Friday. Buehler’s successful rehabilitation could significantly impact the upcoming playoffs. The recent outing by Bobby Miller against the Atlanta Braves showcased his readiness for postseason action, proving his mettle under pressure. Miller has demonstrated growth and maturity as both a starter and an MLB player throughout this season.

Ryan Pepiot, making his mark with three commendable major league starts this year, has emerged as a potential starter in the playoffs.

Despite a lackluster start against the Braves, Lance Lynn also remains a viable postseason starter.

With a plethora of pitching options at their disposal, none hold as much weight as their longstanding ace, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers’ fervent hope is to unravel the mystery behind his shoulder ailment and nurse him back to full health within the next four weeks. The postseason hangs in the balance as they navigate this challenging situation.

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