Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 206 – Kershaw hurt, Wood roughed up, rumors

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I haz a sad because Clayton Kershaw hurt his back again.

The injury occurred shortly before we started recording, so emotions were high. But, we try to keep things in perspective and just hope it isn’t at all related to last year’s herniated disc.

The Dodgers “swept” a 2-game series from the White Sox before running into the juggernaut that is apparently the Atlanta Braves. The Braves won the first two games of the 4-game series handily before the Dodgers handled Game 3. They were leading 4-1 in Game 4 when we stopped recording, so you won’t get our reaction to Kenley Jansen blowing his first save of the season and the Dodgers’ seventh walk-off of the season.

Alex Wood got lit up by his former team and his ERA skyrockted to a robust 2.17. Look, he probably wasn’t going to challenge Bob Gibson‘s 1.12 ERA, but one outing does not a season make. He’ll be a fine No. 2 or 3 starter come October.

Chris Taylor continues to be amazing. Seriously, no one saw this coming. No one could. He might very well be the National League MVP, if not the MLB MVP (which isn’t a thing).

Brandon Morrow has been amazing. His stuff is unparalleled and he should be Jansen’s primary setup man (barring any trades). He just needs to stay healthy.

Sergio Romo was designated for assignment and then traded to the Rays to cash or a player to be named later. It’s too bad he didn’t work out.

Trade rumors are abounding, and the biggest name connected to the Dodgers is Yu Darvish. Even before the Kershaw injury, Darvish made sense. Here’s hoping he’s a Dodger in a week. Other names connected with the Dodgers include Jerry Blevins, Zach Britton, Brad Hand, Addison Reed, Justin Wilson — all of whom we have written about here.

In the minors, players were promoted (Walker Buehler to Triple-A; Yadier Alvarez, Dennis Santana and Mitchell White to Double-A) and some 2017 draftees made their pro debuts: Jeren Kendall with Ogden, Connor Wong with Great Lakes and Jacob Amaya with the AZL Dodgers.

We end the episode with a solid Q&A session. Please keep them coming!

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.