The Dodgers activated starter Clayton Kershaw from the 10-day injured list ahead of Monday night’s game against the Reds. Kershaw will be making his major league debut opposite Luis Castillo.
Kershaw, 31, dealt with a shoulder injury for much of spring training and opened the 2019 regular season on the injured list. It’s been a tough few years for Kershaw, as he has reached 30 starts just once in the last five seasons. Last year, the lefty went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a 155/29 K/BB ratio over 161 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers optioned pitcher Jaime Schultz to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Kershaw on the 25-man roster.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.