NL West Notes: Kershaw, Lovullo, Tovar

NL West Notes: Kershaw, Lovullo, Tovar

Clayton Kershaw pitched 59 innings in four innings of a minor league rehab start today, and Dodgers administrator david roberts told reporters (including Fabian Ardaya of Athletic) that Kershaw will be activated from the 15-day disabled list for his next outing. That would put Kershaw in line to start against the Giants next weekend, as the two NL West rivals face off in a big series.

Kershaw was placed on the IL on May 13 due to inflammation of the right SI joint, and while the injury was not considered a big deal, any absence is cause for concern given both Kershaw’s long injury history and his importance to LA’s rotation. Now in his 15th season, the future Hall of Famer is still in great shape, with a 1.80 ERA, 29.4% strikeout rate and a tiny 2.8% walk rate on his 30 first rounds of the 2022 campaign.

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  • While the Diamondbacks have a modest 26-29 record, which is still a big improvement from their 77-145 mark in 2020-21, and that has led to renewed confidence in manager Torey Lovullo. “Some front office managers have urged owners to give [Lovullo] an extension,” writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today, but ownership is on hold for now. The skipper is already in check beyond this season, as the extension signed last September secured Lovullo’s deal for the 2022 season and added a club option for 2023, so the D’Backs technically don’t have no need to act urgently to lock down Lovullo. . This is Lovullo’s sixth season with Arizona, with a 363-400 overall record and a playoff appearance on his resume, as well as 2017 NL Manager Of The Year honors.
  • Ezequiel Tovar show why the rockies consider him their shortstop of the future, as the 20-year-old hits .317/.398/.581 with 11 home runs and 16 interceptions (on 17 occasions) in 211 plate appearances at Double-A Hartford. This attacking surge is very promising, as a regular strike was considered the last piece of the puzzle for a player already considered a superb defender. As Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post notes, there is precedent for the Rox to move quickly with promising shortstops, like Trevor’s Story only played 61 Triple-A games and Troy Tulowitzki skipped Triple-A entirely ahead of his big league debut. Considering Tovar missed a full year of game development due to the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, the Rockies may not be as aggressive with a promotion this time around, but Tovar is certainly luring the game. ‘Warning. Baseball America propelled Tovar to No. 26 in its midseason ranking of the game’s top 100 prospects.

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