Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Welcome Back, Clayton!

WooHoo!  He's back!

Our golden left arm, our leader from the mound, the claw with a magic curve, a savior in a time of need, is officially back on the Dodger roster.  After what has felt like an eternity, Clayton Kershaw comes off the DL and has been activated. He will start tonight's game.

Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez to Double-A Chattanooga.

Kershaw, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, picked up the win on Opening Day against the D-backs in Australia, allowing just one run on five hits in 6.2 innings in the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory, before being placed on the DL with a Teres Major strain. The 26-year-old made two rehab starts, April 25 for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (5.0 IP, 2 H, R, HR, BB, 6 SO - 56 pitches) and April 30 for Double-A Chattanooga (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO - 86 pitches), and will make the start tonight at Washington.

Baez was recalled from Chattanooga yesterday and made his Major League debut in last night’s loss.
No surprise with Baez being shipped to Chattanooga.  He was an insurance policy - to provide an extra arm to alleviate an overworked bullpen.  BTW, he got into last nights game, but was less than overwhelming.  He went one inning, gave up a single and a 2-run home run.  At least he officially has his name in the record books, eh?

Kershaw rejoins the Dodgers at a time when they are struggling, a bit.  They sit in 3rd place in the West - 3.5 games behind the Giants, and have a .500 record over the past 10 games.

Frankly, I think folks are getting a bit too worked up about the Dodgers recent misfortunes.  We still have a lot of Baseball left to play, and the current malaise that seems to surround the team appears to be the normal/typical daily grind you should expect in any season.  Nevertheless, it's great to see Kershaw back in Dodger Blue.  His presence on the mound can provide enough gusto to get us over this little hump.

In celebration of Clayton's return I made the below fantasy card for him.  I used a photo grabbed from Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014 from photo day during Spring Training and the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.  Don't you love that smile?

Pic at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter.

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