Kershaw targets Sept. return; T. Turner activated

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have loaded up for the stretch run, however their roster continues to be evolving. On Friday afternoon, they activated one among their latest additions, Trea Turner, and labored him out on the comparatively new place of second base. In the meantime, one among their largest stars, Cody Bellinger, got here to grips with life as a part-time participant and their longtime ace, Clayton Kershaw, contemplated a return earlier than October.

Kershaw, who hasn’t pitched since July 3, continues to be shut down from throwing due to soreness round his left elbow, although Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts expects him to renew enjoying catch “comparatively quickly.” His elbow continues to be recovering from a three-inning simulated recreation that came about on July 27, a setback Kershaw blamed on ramping again up too shortly.

“It is irritating,” Kershaw stated. “It is nonetheless nothing severe, but it surely’s simply one thing that is gonna take somewhat little bit of time. It is no enjoyable. Being harm is depressing. I actually do not take pleasure in it in any respect, particularly with what we now have right here and the fellows that we now have coming in. This stretch run proper now — I wanna be a part of it so unhealthy. I wanna do all the pieces that I can to be again, and I believe I can be. Nevertheless it’s positively trying extra like September than August. I do know we’re nonetheless gonna be in the midst of it, so I am excited to be part of it then.”

The Dodgers started their weekend collection towards the crosstown Los Angeles Angels 3 1/2 video games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place within the Nationwide League West. Bellinger, batting solely .168 whereas combating mechanical flaws which might be not less than partly a byproduct of offseason shoulder surgical procedure, was out of the beginning lineup despite the fact that the Dodgers had been off the day past. Roberts stated Bellinger, a left-handed hitter, will basically transition right into a platoon participant for the foreseeable future, beginning towards righties and sitting towards lefties.

Turner, a shortstop by commerce, will get the overwhelming majority of his plate appearances as a second baseman in order that Corey Seager can keep at his pure place. Chris Taylor will begin in middle discipline towards lefties — as he did on Friday — and likewise present cowl in left discipline. Bellinger, the 2019 Nationwide League MVP, will see his enjoying time minimize by not less than a 3rd. Gavin Lux, the previous high prospect who has but to ascertain himself within the main leagues, is principally out of a job as he rehabilitates a hamstring damage.

“Each single evening, there’s gonna be an amazing participant that is not getting the beginning,” Roberts stated. “That is simply sort of the place we’re at. I am going to divvy up enjoying time with workload. However proper now, the place we’re at within the schedule, we now have to win baseball video games. We’re 4 video games again within the loss column and we gotta win. Each single evening, with respect to workload and workload administration, I must put the very best guys on the market that I really feel can win a ballgame that evening.”

Turner was the Washington Nationals’ common shortstop over the past 5 years however beforehand spent a while in middle discipline and at second base. Upon arriving to L.A., Turner instructed the Dodgers he could be extra comfy remaining on the infield. Roberts stated he “embraced” the thought of enjoying second base for what stays of this season.

“Clearly he sees himself as a shortstop, as he ought to,” Roberts stated. “However understanding our roster, second base made sense to him and he understands it provides us the very best likelihood to win a championship.”

The Dodgers have a plethora of position-player depth however are nonetheless ready for a number of of their pitchers to get wholesome. Kershaw is the largest identify, however fellow starters Tony Gonsolin (shoulder irritation) and Danny Duffy (flexor pressure) additionally reside on the injured checklist. Cole Hamels, signed to a serious league contract earlier this week, nonetheless must construct arm energy after making just one begin for the reason that finish of the 2019 season. Victor Gonzalez, their finest left-handed reliever, went on the IL Friday with knee irritation. And Jimmy Nelson, a former starter who excelled as a reliever this season, has opted for Tommy John surgical procedure.

At full energy — with out counting Trevor Bauer, who faces sexual-assault allegations which have saved him away from the crew since early July — the Dodgers boast eight extremely succesful beginning pitchers, an inventory that features Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, David Price, Kershaw, Hamels, Gonsolin and Duffy.

However solely half of them are energetic — and Kershaw continues to be on the mend.

“We’re gonna relaxation so long as we are able to,” Kershaw stated, “to provide myself an excellent likelihood to pitch in September, pitch some significant video games in September and be able to go in October.”

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