Los Angeles Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw will be held out of his next scheduled start in San Diego after an MRI revealed inflammation in his upper back.
Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings in the season opener in Australian, while only allowing a single run and garnering the Dodgers first win of the season.
Kershaw’s success in his first start shouldn’t come as much of a shock considering he has been the best pitcher in baseball for the past three seasons. However, Kershaw’s spring training was less than stellar and even he couldn’t pinpoint what was going wrong in the starts.
While it’s a shame that Kershaw won’t be able to start against the Padres it’s probably for the best. Dodgers management has voiced some concerns about the amount of innings Kershaw has pitched over the last couple of seasons and were skeptical about letting him start three of the Dodgers first 6 regular season games.
Although an injury, especially to your superstar, is never welcomed, hopefully this is but a minor bump in the road for Kershaw and will save him a couple of extra innings that he’s going to need at the end of the season.
As they say, this may be a blessing in disguise.