The 2018 Dodgers season has been an unmitigated disaster. The trainwreck never left the station, derailing during spring training. All of the passengers departed and the train will not be back until next season. The Dodgers have already lost Corey Seager for the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. Justin Turner has not returned from his fractured wrist he suffered during spring training. Logan Forsythe is out with shoulder problems, and now half of the rotation is on the disabled list.
Hyun-jin Ryu won’t return until after the all-star break after tearing his groin muscle. Rich Hill is still out with a cracked fingernail and the entire bullpen is filled with gas cans. The lineup is populated with utility players and has guys like Tim Locastro in it every day. Now Clayton Kershaw is joining the ranks of the walking wounded with biceps tendinitis. The Dodgers announced that Kershaw has hit the disabled list with the biceps injury. Brock Stewart has been recalled from Oklahoma City to replace his roster spot.
Today, the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day DL with left bicep tendonitis and recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 6, 2018
This makes sense now. Kershaw hasn’t been his dominating self this year and I’m assuming that all of the additional innings from last year’s World Series run and the previous postseason runs has finally taken its toll. There’s no word yet on how serious the injury is but he’s apparently flying back to Los Angeles to have an MRI/medical exam.
It also could explain why Kershaw’s velocity has dropped this year. We’ve seen it decrease to 91 MPH, an indication that something was wrong. Kershaw said he felt it during his last start against Arizona, and again after playing catch between starts. This is Kershaw’s opt-out year and it’s pretty concerning that after having chronic back problems the last couple of years, now he’s plagued by a new injury, this one to his golden pitching arm.
What this means for the Dodgers going forward is that Brock Stewart is now going to be in the starting rotation for the moment. The Dodgers vaunted depth is basically nothing but a few paper clips, duct tape and cloth. Top pitching prospect Walker Buehler is already with the big club and there is little to no help from anyone else in the minors with the starting rotation.
It’s looking like 2018 is a lost season for the Dodgers due to a myriad of different reasons. Injuries would be a big one, but also questionable management decisions, lack of depth, and no off-season improvements have contributed to the Dodger’s pathetic season. But hey, they saved money guys!
Kershaw made 7 starts this year, posting a 1-4 record with a 2.86 ERA. He struck out 48 and walked 10 across 44 innings pitched. He allowed 40 hits and seven home runs while posting an FIP of 3.73. He allowed 8.2 hits per nine, (which is a big red flag that something was wrong) and struck out 9.8 per nine. His WHIP of 1.136 is the highest it’s been since 2010.