The Los Angeles Dodgers had a rough weekend in San Francisco. Not only did they lose two of three games to the Giants, but their two best players were derailed, at least temporarily, by injuries. Both Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw had MRI exams on their trip to the Bay Area.
Kemp has been dealing with a sore left shoulder to go along with his right knee contusion from crashing into the center field wall at Coors Field on Aug. 28. Kemp had a cortisone shot on Saturday, and an MRI revealed inflammation and a frayed labrum in his shoulder. Kemp missed the last two games in San Francisco but hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Hoping to join Kemp in the Tuesday lineup is Kershaw, who was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start with a sore left hip. Kershaw, like Kemp, had a cortisone shot and an MRI, which revealed inflammation. He was pushed back two days, and he didn't sound happy about it.
"I would have loved to pitch today," Kershaw told reporters Sunday.
Kershaw was able to pitch off a mound Sunday before the game with no pain, so he might be able to start Tuesday. The Dodgers will need Kershaw to make every possible start he can make if they hope to make the playoffs.
"This is about giving him a chance to help us the rest of the season, not just today," manager Don Mattingly said.