Dodgers Pitching Staff Suffers Setbacks

Headlined by last year’s National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best pitching rotations in Major League Baseball.

Kershaw, along with Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu as the No. 2 and 3 pitchers in the rotation, make the Dodgers a contender out of the NL West Division.

However, after this past week, the Los Angeles front office may have to dig into its pockets and find a pitcher or two on the open market.

Last Friday, Kershaw was victim of a very scary moment on the diamond when a line drive comebacker to the mound hit him during a Spring Training game against the Oakland Athletics.

Kershaw miraculously, though, stayed in the game despite his chipped tooth and sore jaw, and pitched two more innings. After exiting the game he also pitched in the bullpen.

Even though Kershaw was able to stay in the game against the A’s – most likely due to adrenaline – you have to wonder what his psyche will be in his next few starts.

The more pressing injury for the Dodgers is to the arm of Ryu, which he suffered Sunday and is forcing him to start the season on the disabled list.

Ryu was shut down and sent back to Los Angeles to meet with the team doctor after he experienced discomfort in his left shoulder while throwing.

Tuesday it was reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that no structural damage was seen in Ryu’s shoulder. However, Ryu will have to rest two-to-three weeks before throwing again.

Best case scenario would have Ryu only miss a few starts at the beginning of the season, but if the injury doesn’t go away, you would have to think the first month of Ryu’s season could be in jeopardy.

Down one pitcher, and possibly two, to start the 2015 campaign doesn’t bode well for the Dodgers in a more-competitive NL West that also includes the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

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