Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Buehler, Kershaw, Seager

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after retiring the side on a strike out during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after retiring the side on a strike out during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up prior to Game Five of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

The bad news regarding Clayton Kershaw is that he will not be ready to start the season in the Dodgers’ rotation.  The good news is that he should be ready to return sometime in April.  Clayton will likely make his spring training debut on Saturday which is the last exhibition game in Arizona.  After that game, the Dodgers head back to southern California for two exhibition games in Anaheim and one at home before beginning the regular season.

Kershaw will be placed on the disabled list prior to the start of the regular season and he will continue to work his way back in a few minor league rehabilitation starts.  It has not yet been announced how many rehab outings he will need but it’s fair to estimate at least two minor league starts and likely three so Kershaw can work his pitch count up to at least 80-90 pitches.  Given the Dodgers’ starting rotation depth, he does not need to be rushed back.