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Clayton Kershaw placed on injured list, Mitch White recalled

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Clayton Kershaw’s 2021 campaign likely comes to an end

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On Saturday, the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day injured list with left forearm discomfort. In the move, the Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Mitch White.

Kershaw was removed in the second inning of Friday night’s game, leaving with left forearm discomfort. There’s no news yet as to how long he’ll be out, but this looks like the end of his 2021 campaign, meaning LA will be without Kershaw for their World Series push.

“He came in and worked out in the weight room,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. “Still some soreness. We won’t know anything until those Monday scans.”

With no timetable for Kershaw’s return, Roberts was asked if the Dodgers are proceeding as if they’ll be without Kershaw. Roberts said that’s where the team is at right now.

“I think so,” Roberts said. “There’s always a chance, but where we’re at, we’re going to proceed with that mindset.”

With Kershaw likely out for the postseason, Roberts said this locks in Julio Urias as a member of the starting rotation. He said that with a healthy Kershaw, they were going to play with the idea on how to potentially deploy Urias for whatever made the most sense for the team.

Here’s what Kershaw had to say last night following his outing:

“It’s a tough blow, obviously. I felt something in my elbow in the second inning,” Kershaw said last night. “Forearm, elbow. I don’t know what it is, but it’s kind of the same thing I’ve been dealing with, and it got bad enough where I couldn’t keep going tonight.

“I just wanted to be a part of this team going into October. This team is special. I know we’re going to do something special this year, and I wanted to be a part of that. Chances are it’s not looking great for October. It’s going to be a challenge to even contribute at all.”

In the move, the Dodgers call up White, who has pitched 45 23 innings for LA this season. If the Giants clinch the division tonight, we’ll likely see White pitch a bulk of innings on either Saturday or Sunday.