LA Dodgers Suffer Huge Blow as Key Player Set to Miss MLB Postseason

Published 10/02/2021, 10:25 AM EDT
Oct 1, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Dodgers are the current champions of the MLB and the reason behind this is their incredible players. The Dodgers have many talented players on the squad, however, none is more important to them than their pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

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The Dodgers defeated Brewers on Friday night at the Dodger Stadium, 8-6. However, as of late, things have not gone down well for their leading pitcher, Kershaw. And now an elbow injury might rule out his name on the team sheet for the postseason. Hence, the team is in big trouble.

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Clayton Kershaw out injured

The pitcher left the ground injured after he allowed an RBI double to Milwaukee Brewers’ Kolten Wong. The Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and other trainers came onto the ground to see what the problem was. Hence, after throwing 42 pitches, the player left the field while facing discomfort on his left forearm.

The pitcher clearly lacked match fitness after being out for three months with the same injury. This would be an enormous blow for the franchise, as they are bound to miss Kershaw. Disappointed with his injury, Kershaw explained his troubles and hoped to support his teammates from the stands.

Oct 1, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) leaves the game with trainer Neil Rampe during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s a tough blow, obviously. 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,” said Kershaw.

LA Dodgers manager looks worried

The extent of Kershaw’s injury will be released soon after he undergoes several tests. Moreover, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed his disappointment with the injury.

“He felt something, didn’t feel like he could continue. We’ll do more tests tomorrow… with where we’re at in the season, not too optimistic right now,” said Roberts.

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Significantly, Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in MLB history. He averages an ERA rate of 2.49, got 2670 strikeouts, and has 185 wins in his career. The three-time Cy Young award winner is really important for the team’s success and they will surely miss him during the postseason.

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As he left the field, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Notably, he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Hence, he might have played his last game for the LA Dodgers. And while we might see Kershaw take the field of the Dodgers again, he will go down as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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