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.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.