Dodgers Injury Notes: Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, More

For as much as the summer trade deadline hyped up all those close to the Dodgers, the injury setbacks and bullpen use are still lingering concerns as the final third of the season approaches.

In Friday’s opener against the Diamondbacks, starter Tony Gonsolin was pulled with two outs in the second inning after surrendering two earned runs on a hit and a whopping five walks on 55 pitches.

The Dodgers lost the game in extras, but the worst part about the defeat was that skipper Dave Roberts used nine pitchers in the affair. What’s even worse is Saturday’s contest will be another bullpen game with Mitch White taking the ball as the opener.

However, there may be a bit of good news in the coming days, as the newly acquired Max Scherzer will tentatively make his first start in Dodger Blue against the Astros on August 4, while Clayton Kershaw should be activated from the injured list on August 7.

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw threw three innings in a simulated game while he was with the team early this week in San Francisco and came out of the affair feeling fine. On Sunday, he’ll throw another session either at Chase Field or Camelback Ranch as the final part of his rehab.

Of course, it’s still more than a week away, but having both Scherzer and a healthy Kershaw in the starting five should play huge, especially with regards to eating innings. It should also be interesting to see what happens with Gonsolin and David Price with the final rotation spot. Either way, if all are healthy, the first four will consist of Kershaw, Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urias.

Mookie Betts

After being bothered by a sore hip for most of the season, the Dodgers finally took the plunge and placed right fielder Mookie Betts on the injured list on July 25. The move was retroactive to July 22, so the soonest Betts can return is on Sunday in the finale against the D-backs. As of this writing, everything appears to be on schedule.

No question the top of the Dodgers lineup will change fluidly over the next several days. Trea Turner is currently on the COVID list, so it’s still unknown when he’ll be active. Still, with a healthy Betts in the leadoff spot, it will no doubt boost a Los Angeles squad that has won just four contests over its last 12 games.

Corey Knebel

While there is not yet a firm return date for righty reliever Corey Knebel, the idea that he’s been throwing great at Triple-A Oklahoma City suggests that his return to the majors might indeed be a reality.

In two rehab starts so far at OKC, he has allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out four batters. His fastball has been clocked as high as 97 MPH. There’s still a long way to go but adding Knebel to the backend of the bullpen will certainly bolster a unit that has been questionable as of late.

Corey Seager

After going 2-for-5 and playing all 10 innings at shortstop on Friday, the plan is to give Corey Seager a day off on Saturday before inserting him back into Sunday’s lineup.

“He’ll be down tomorrow, you know, after playing a four hour-plus game,” Roberts said on Friday. “He’ll be back in there on Sunday, but I thought he looked fantastic. It was good to have him back.”

(Update: Not long before Saturday’s first pitch, the Dodgers placed Gonsolin on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation.)

4 Reasons Why Dodgers Might ‘Stay Put’ at 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

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After Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the Rockies, the Dodgers find themselves maintaining a stronghold on the second-place spot in the National League West with a tidy 60-40 record. Heading into Sunday’s games, Los Angeles trails the struggling first-place Giants by two games. The Dodgers have 62 contests remaining on their regular season schedule.

The 2021 MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away.

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When Will the Dodgers Find Consistency and Will It Be Too Late?

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Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are finding things very frustrating at the moment. Sure, the team has the second-best record in the majors and are just coming off of a World Championship. But they could and should be doing so much better.

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Dodgers Acquire Billy McKinney from Mets; Corey Seager Still Not Ready

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Although the Dodgers continue to hang right beside the Giants in a tightly contested NL West race, things are once again worsening for Los Angeles on the injury front.

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Dodgers, Giants Start Critical Series that Could Decide NL West

As the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline creeps ever closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home for their first home stand of the second half. After taking two of three from the Rockies in Colorado, the Dodgers now face a four-game set with the NL West leading San Francisco Giants.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, More

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Although many hoped the 2021 All-Star break would be the turning point the Los Angeles Dodgers needed for players to get healthy, there really haven’t been many significant changes on the injury front.

Right now, there are four players sitting on the 10-day injured list and another six on the 60-day injured list. Trevor Bauer remains on administrative leave with no immediate resolution in sight.

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The Two Most Important Issues for Dodgers in Second Half of Season

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The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves on the brink of the second half of the season. The MLB 2021 Trade Deadline is quickly approaching. The team is still in second place in the NL West. What can fans expect in the months to come?

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A Look at the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘Adequate’ First Half

Before the 2021 MLB trade deadline is upon us, before the issues with the starting rotation sort themselves out, let’s take a look back at what was the first half of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season.

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How Will Dodgers Handle Their Starting Rotation Issues?

Things are looking dire in the city of Los Angeles at the moment, at least if you’re a fan of the Dodgers.

It may seem silly to say things are dire when the team is in possession of the second most wins in the MLB, just a game and a half out of first. They still have many of their 2020 World Series championship team on the squad. But things are not looking good at all for the Boys in Blue, especially in the starting pitching department.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Kershaw’s Dominant Outing, ‘Joseph’ Kelly, Seager’s Timetable, More

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The Los Angeles Dodgers did something Sunday night on national television rarely seen—they absolutely dominated their competition.

Of course I mean that mostly tongue in cheek, but it does seem that the Dodgers rarely do well on the national stage. But over the weekend, they won both nationally televised games. Saturday they beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2, but on Sunday it was all Dodgers, led by a magnificent performance by Clayton Kershaw.

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