The Los Angeles Dodgers have found treading in the National League West a little tougher than they likely predicted as they currently sit behind both the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies in third place.
Of course, they’ve simply attempted to stay afloat (and did so rather well) during the first few weeks of the Major League season as they’ve been without ace Clayton Kershaw outside of one start this season.
That will change tonight as Kershaw, who missed the entirety of April with a strained teres major muscle in his upper left back, has been activated from the disabled list and will start against the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers will understandably be extremely cautious with their prized pitcher and aren’t likely to let him pitch very deep in his first start back and will likely keep a close eye on him for the foreseeable future. The last thing Kershaw or the Dodgers need is a re-aggravation of the injury.
The 2013 National League Cy Young award winner won his only start of the season, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22nd.