Dodgers’ ace’s injury opens door for Gallen to start All-Star Game

Jul 3, 2023, 5:32 PM

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with starting pitcher Zac Gallen #23 in...

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with starting pitcher Zac Gallen #23 in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 11, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

One of the premier pitchers in the National League is headed to the injured list with the All-Star break looming, leaving the door open for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ ace to start the Midsummer Classic.

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day IL Monday, retroactive to June 30.  According to the club, he had been dealing with shoulder soreness since his last start against the Colorado Rockies on June 27.

Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and former National League Most Valuable Player, is among those tied for the NL lead in wins with 10, has a 2.55 ERA and has 105 strikeouts this season.

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Kershaw, along with Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen and Atlanta Braves righty Spencer Strider were among those in consideration for being the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game on July 11 in Seattle.

Gallen, who was named an All-Star on Sunday, has set himself apart this season as Arizona has surged to the top of the NL West.

The right-hander is tied for the NL lead in wins with 10, leads the league in starts with 18 and innings-pitched with 111-and-a-third, has 120 strikeouts and has a 3.15 ERA. He also sports a 5.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is more than a point higher than at any point in his career.

Gallen will be making his first All-Star appearance on July 11 in Seattle.  He will be joined by teammates Corbin Carroll and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

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