Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Kershaw’s Last Step, Toles Not Progressing, Peters Raking
The Dodgers dropped a close game last night in their first matchup of the season with the Colorado Rockies. Here is the latest Dodgers news regarding Clayton Kershaw, Andrew Toles, and rising prospect DJ Peters.
Clayton Kershaw’s rehab has continued to progress, and now, for the first time since his injury, the team has given a timetable for things to come in the next few days. Kershaw will play catch throughout the week and on Wednesday, May 23rd, he will through his second bullpen of an unknown amount of pitches.
This bullpen, provided all goes well, will be the last step in the rehab without hitters involved. On Saturday, May 26th, Kershaw will participate in a simulated game according to Dodger manager, Dave Roberts. Saturday’s simulated game will likely be the last stop before he returns to the major leagues thus, Saturday’s sim-game is a must follow for Dodger fans.
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- Walker Buehler pitched yet another gem yesterday, May 21st, but during the game, he suffered a rib injury which required X-rays after the game. The results were negative but the team will still monitor his condition in the coming days as messing with the health of the team’s next great pitcher works against any plan for success the team may have for the budding star. Buehler, on the year, has a 2-1 record with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP and continues to be a model of consistency for a team that has struggled mightily to be consistent. Buehler’s health and success should remain pivotal for this team.
- Andrew Toles, who quickly became a fan favorite to make the team out of Spring Training, is still on the disabled list with an injured hamstring. While the injury may not be devastating for other players, another leg injury for Toles, especially one that has lasted this long, may be of concern. Toles has been on the DL for close to a month, and his momentum that turned heads in the spring is almost certainly gone. Toles’ will have an uphill battle to get back on the roster especially with Max Muncy, who was originally called up at the bottom of the roster, being so successful.
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- Dodgers’ outfield prospect, DJ Peters, continued his torrid 2018 season with his ninth home run on Monday, May 21st. Peters has hit extremely well this year at Double-A Tulsa, and to the delight of many Dodger fans, his production did not stop in High-A. Peters could very easily end the year on the Triple-A roster, lining up a debut in 2019. DJ Peters is certainly a player to watch with his light tower-power.