Clayton Kershaw is the newest addition to the disabled list club, that already includes some of the Dodgers’ best players. Kershaw has already seen his fair share of time in the club, missing action due to his back for a part of the past two seasons. This time, it’s biceps tendinitis in his left arm.
If you don’t think the Dodgers are in a bad spot right now, look at the list of injured players. If you still don’t think there’s a problem, you’re a Giants fan. The last thing the Dodgers needed was for Kershaw to hit the DL. Apparently, Kershaw has pitched through biceps tendinitis before, but this time, he can’t.
While I’m writing this, I can’t help wondering if this injury and his stats this year have something in common. In seven games, he has a 1-4 record with a 2.86 ERA. He has 48 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP. Let’s compare this year’s stats with last year’s from his first seven games.
It’s not hard to figure out where his stats have declined. Last year, he lost a total of four games. This year, he has four losses in the first seven games. He also has four fewer wins than last year. Now, I understand that the win-loss stat relies on the whole team. Sol this is why I have other stats listed. His ERA increased by 0.46 points since this time last year. He has pitched 5.2 fewer innings and struck out 15 fewer batters. His WHIP has also risen by two-tenths of a point.
My biggest concern is the fact that it’s his throwing arm. I know that an injured back is serious, but so is an injured pitching arm. The fact that Kershaw has dealt with biceps tendinitis before concerns me. I also want to know why no one has said anything about it before. The Dodgers shouldn’t have kept it a secret before today.