According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks will give Edwin Jackson two extra days of rest, pushing his next scheduled start back to next Friday against the Dodgers.
Jackson threw 149 pitches in his no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night, the highest pitch count in one game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 pitches on June 3, 2005.
It’s often stated as gospel that such an inflated pitch count will mean that a pitcher will fare worse in their next start or have an increased chance at injury. I have no evidence one way or the other on that one — in fact, J.C. Bradbury finds a pretty negligible difference — but for a team that is buried in last place in the National League West, there’s no need for the Diamondbacks to push their luck.
An interesting side note, Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com hears that the Nationals were exploring a trade for Jackson. The 26-year-old right-hander avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks by signing a two-year, $13.5 million contract in February. He will make $8.35 million next season before becoming a free agent for the first time.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.