Clayton Kershaw Lands On Injured List as Dodgers Look To Even Series Against Phillies

What a wild game on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 9-7. After the Phillies led 7-1, the Dodgers came back and tied the game at 7 in the eighth inning. However, the Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning off of Dodger reliever Daniel Hudson.

Many Dodger fans were left asking the question why didn’t Craig Kimbrel pitch the ninth? Kimbrel had not pitched in five days, and Hudson had just previously pitched the day before against the Pirates.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but failed to score.

Now for Friday’s game, the team will have to adapt and restructure their rotation. Clayton Kershaw, who was scheduled to start, was placed on the injured list due to SI joint inflammation. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled left hander Garrett Cleavinger.

Kershaw was enjoying a fantastic start to his 2022 season, as he has posted a 4-0 record along with a 1.80 ERA and striking out 32 batters while only allowing three walks.

Walker Buehler, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night, will move up his start and pitch tonight.

The Dodgers now have two starting pitchers on the injured list with Kershaw and Andrew Heaney still remaining on the injured list. The story of last year was an injury carousel and it seemed the Dodgers were beat heavily by the injury bug.

With Buehler starting Friday, that leaves Saturday’s starter TBD. Julio Urias is scheduled to start on Sunday, but the Dodgers have a pending doubleheader on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the team may want to call up a spot starter.

With David Price amid trade rumors, the Dodgers may want to stand pat and see how things turn out with Heaney and Kershaw before they make any move. Price still remains on the injury list as well. Ryan Pepiot, who just made his Major League debut on Wednesday, or Andre Jackson could be among the candidates selected to be called up.

Despite the surprising loss yesterday, and the shocking series losses to the Rockies, Pirates and Diamondbacks, the Dodgers still are only one of few teams to have reached 20 wins in the majors so far, and they are tied with the Mets for the best winning percentage in the National League.

The Dodgers post a 1-2 record against Arizona, Pittsburgh and Colorado, but a 17-4 record against everyone else.

The Dodgers will look to even the series Friday with Buehler moving up his start one day. He’s posted a 1.96 ERA so far and only allowed one run in seven innings last time out against the Cubs. He will face Philadelphia right hander Kyle Gibson, who is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA.

First pitch for Friday is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

Things to Keep an Eye on Through the Dodgers Season, Opening Day Roster Announced

On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their quest to win another World Series.

This team and season are a bit reminiscent of the 2017 team, where the expectations were sky high – win the World Series or bust. The feeling around the league is that the Dodgers are the best team around, and anything less than making the World Series, and winning, would be a disappointment.

But as we saw last season, things happen along the way to derail the train on the way to the station. Fighting for the division right down until the last games, losing a key starting pitcher and your first baseman made it hard to repeat as world champs.

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Dodgers News and Notes from Spring Training

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been officially in spring training camp for one week, and have played four games. Played new and old are getting their bodies and minds ready for the grind of 162.

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Three 2022 Dodgers Additions Already with the Team

Supposedly, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are going to meet Thursday to start talking again about their wide and varied interests before getting the 2022 season rolling. We as fans know enough not to hold our collective breath as talks could break down any minute.

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The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers and Those Before Them: Teams to Be Remembered

All good things must come to an end, and as such this season, and this rendition of Dodger baseball, shall too.

We as Dodger fans have most likely seen the end of this amazing group of core, homegrown players who when augmented by stealth trades and big signings have made one of the best runs in modern history. Eight straight division titles, with the ninth just out of reach by one game, after winning 106 games. Three World Series appearances, and one Championship. But it still doesn’t feel like enough.

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Dodgers Try to Save Season, Again

Once again this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves on the brink of elimination.

They needed ninth inning heroics to win the Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They took the San Francisco Giants to the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS before securing that series win.

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Dodgers Looking for Backups to Step Up Big in Playoffs in Light of Injuries

Well, the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers had a hell of a season. Unforgettable in so many different ways. 106 wasn’t quite good enough to win the NL West this year however, and so the Dodgers are now preparing themselves for a Wild Card game to decide if they’re moving on in the postseason.

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Clayton Kershaw Finally Returns to Dodgers Starting Rotation

After two months of being sidelined by an issue with his forearm, Clayton Kershaw is finally returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation.

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Dodgers Need Offense to Step Up Down Final Stretch

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day to all you Los Angeles Dodgers fans out there. We find ourselves one game out of first in the NL West, after yet another frustrating series against the San Francisco Giants.

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2021 Dodgers – Worst Best Team Ever?

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The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers are a fun little enigma to figure out.

It is my birthday today, so I hope you’ll allow me to wax on about just what is, or isn’t, going on with this team this season.

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