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Clayton Kershaw Returns To Dodgers Rotation

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returned to the starting rotation on Friday against the Miami Marlins

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made his first start since late June on Friday against the Miami Marlins. The three-time Cy Young award winner has been dealing with lower back issues for the last several months.

Kershaw was the NL ERA leader when he hit the DL but now does not have enough innings to qualify for the stat. Now healthy, Kershaw looks to finish the season strong.

His first start in 75 days lasted just three innings with 66 pitches thrown. He was not his normal crisp self as he gave up a solo home run to J.T. Realmuto in the first inning and an RBI base hit to Chris Johnson in the second inning. Clayton seemed to settle down as the outing went on as he struck out five batters in the final two innings. Kershaw exited the game with the Dodgers trailing 2-0 and would eventually be saddled with the loss as the Dodgers fell to Miami.

Going into this outing, it was to be assumed that Kershaw would be on some sort of pitch limit. The Dodgers plan to slowly work his pitch count back up to insure he is healthy for the playoffs.

Even after giving up two runs in three innings, Kershaw’s ERA still sits at 1.89. He also now has 150 strikeouts on the season to go along with his 11-3 record.

Dodgers manger Dave Roberts had this to say about Kershaw’s return:

“As well as we’re playing right now, it’s a huge lift. Not only him being out there, but just for his sanity. I think he’s been going crazy just watching his teammates….” 

For a team that has postseason aspirations, Kershaw is a huge piece to get back. Once he gets stretched out, look for Kershaw to return to ace status and lead the Dodgers into the playoffs.