Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

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Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to be so swell.

Here’s some of what Torre had to say a few minutes ago regarding the game being postponed, starting with a description of how the meeting in which it was decided went:

“Basically a conversation. ‘Do you want to play in the rain? … “You get to a Game 6 in the World Series, you want to guard, as long as you have forecast for clear weather tommorrow and the next day, that was more a decision-maker than anything else … If it doesn’t rain, you still made a decision on what you knew.”

I see about zero downside to this, apart from trying to figure out what I’ll do with myself tonight now.  A good decision by Major League Baseball.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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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.