Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said starter Clayton Kershaw could come off of the 10-day disabled list to start this weekend against the Mets at Citi Field, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports.
Kershaw, 30, came off of the DL (from a biceps injury) to start against the Phillies on May 31 but lasted only five innings and had diminished fastball velocity due to a lower back issue. Kershaw has been on the DL since then. The lefty also missed time last year with a back injury.
When Kershaw returns, he’ll look to improve on a 1-4 record with a 2.76 ERA and a 53/11 K/BB ratio in 49 innings.
The Dodgers have dealt with myriad injuries this season. Currently, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Kershaw, Tom Koehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu are on the disabled list along with a handful of relievers and position players. The club enters Monday’s action 37-33, a game and a half behind the first-place Diamondbacks.
The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.
Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.
Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.