Clayton Kershaw doesn’t give up
Twice this season, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had to miss a month of activities to recover from injuries.
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Returning Thursday night after being forced to miss almost all of August, the veteran showed no signs of slowing down.
In a duel between the two best clubs in the National League, the Dodgers (90-40) and the New York Mets (84-48), the 34-year-old pitcher allowed a run on a single hit and three bases on bales, in five rounds of work. He also struck out six batters.
Kershaw’s lower back had hurt him a month ago, which forced the Dodgers to put his name on the injured reserve. However, he was not the only artilleryman on the sidelines, the representatives of the City of Angels also having to do without Walker Buehler, and this, for the rest of the campaign. Tony Gonsolin also fell in battle recently.
Thus, manager Dave Roberts was very happy to see the left-hander chasing the rust against the Mets, although his men escaped the meeting by the score of 5 to 3.
“I think his arsenal was effective, including the fastball. The slippery was good. It lived up to what we expected, it was effective. He had several strikeouts. He had a good rhythm. Talking to the coaches after the game, he felt good. The fastball was better than expected. It’s very positive,” he explained in detail to the ESPN network on Thursday evening.
Until the end
Kershaw (7-3) hadn’t pitched since Aug. 4. Unfazed, he believes he can finish the 2022 season without any complexes, but the long-term effects of his ailments could end up having an impact.
“I feel very good right now. It took me about a week to feel good after that one. [blessure]. It’s not easy to deal with it all the time, but so far everything is fine and I don’t expect that to change. »
The three-time Cy-Young Trophy winner has a 2.59 ERA and has beaten 94 opponents in 90 1/3 innings this season.