Clayton Kershaw exits final 2021 start with left forearm injury

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers may have beaten the Brewers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, 8-6, however a shadow towered above the return win: the prospective loss of Clayton Kershaw for the postseason.

After Kershaw permitted an RBI double to Kolten Wong in the 2nd inning, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts and the fitness instructors instantly came out to look at him. Following a prolonged discussion on the mound, Kershaw was eliminated from the video game with after tossing simply 42 pitches with what the group revealed was left lower arm pain.

Kershaw, who was making his 4th start back after missing out on almost 3 months with a left lower arm injury, didn’t look sharp previous to his exit. The Brewers had actually leapt out to a 3-1 lead and had 5 batted balls with an exit speed of 95 miles per hour or greater. The pitch prior to the injury, Kershaw’s speed on a four-seam fastball was 89.1, lower than his average. It’s unidentified if there was any connection in between Kershaw’s injury and the battles he was going through on the mound Friday.

But Kershaw stated that as soon as he tossed the last slider to Wong in the 2nd inning, he understood that he had actually tossed his last pitch of the night. The left-hander, who will go through more screening on Saturday, likewise made it seem like his season will be over.

“It’s a tough blow, obviously,” Kershaw stated. “Kinda the same thing I’ve been dealing with and [it] just got bad enough to where I couldn’t keep going tonight. Haven’t quite wrapped my head around that yet. The biggest thing was I just wanted to be a part of this team through October. That’s the hardest part for me right now, just knowing that chances are that it’s not looking good for October right now. … I’m excited for these guys to do what they’re gonna do in October.”

The seriousness of the injury won’t be figured out up until he goes through more screening. Roberts didn’t wish to hypothesize on the seriousness considered that the injury is to Kershaw’s elbow/forearm location, a delicate injury for pitchers.

“Where we’re at in the schedule and what’s left of the season, just not too optimistic right now,” Roberts stated. “I don’t really know specifics. But he couldn’t keep pitching [on Friday], so that’s pretty telling.”

Seeing Kershaw stroll off the mound with the injury was a big gut punch to the Dodger Stadium crowd, which reacted by providing him a standing ovation. During the pitching modification, Dodgers gamers collected on the field plainly in shock.

“That was definitely a tough one,” stated 2nd baseman Trea Turner. “You never want to see one of your guys do down, especially an unbelievable teammate like him. I haven’t known him for a long, long time, but I can already see why he’s a leader in this clubhouse and why he’s had a great career and why he’s going to continue to be a big part of our team, whether he’s on the field or in the dugout. He’s special.”

Kershaw, who is a complimentary representative at the end of the season, took the mound on Friday for his last start of the routine season. Given that Kershaw wouldn’t be slated to pitch if the Dodgers remain in the National League Wild Card Game next Wednesday versus the Cardinals, there’s the possibility that the left-hander made his last regular-season start at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Dodgers. While it acted as a symbolic minute that represented the strength he’s revealed for many years, Kershaw stated that he didn’t deliberately keep the ball as he left the video game, rather stating it was “probably shock” throughout the minute.

After the video game, Kershaw was inquired about his future.

“My future is going to take care of itself,” Kershaw reacted. “I’m not really worried about that right now. I really wanted to be a part of the moment right now and I wanted to be with this group through October. That was my only focus this whole year once I got hurt, it was to come back and make it up for this month. As far as anything else goes, I haven’t wrapped my head around it and I don’t plan to anytime soon.”

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