The Los Angeles Dodgers are with out Clayton Kershaw for the second time this season as he offers with decrease again ache that compelled him to the 15-day injured checklist.
Kershaw underwent an X-ray and MRI, which didn’t reveal any new findings, making it a “best-case situation” for the left-hander in Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts’ estimation.
With the encouraging outcomes of the testing, the staff stays hopeful Kershaw will be capable to return faster than he did from his final damage — one month — however they nonetheless don’t have a timeline.
“I don’t know when he’s going to choose up a baseball once more,” Dave Roberts stated. “I exploit the phrase establishment, I feel that’s the place we’re at proper now. Once more, I feel it’s going to be shorter than longer.”
Kershaw additionally underwent remedy on his again, together with an epidural, a process that injects anti-inflammatory drugs into the house across the spinal twine.
“In order that’s going to take a pair days to type of settle in,” Roberts stated. “As soon as that soreness dissipates, I feel we’ll know extra as nicely.”
Roberts added he’s not sure if there’s any structural injury in Kershaw’s again, however stated he doesn’t suppose it issues as a result of the medical doctors have informed him the outcomes remained constant from earlier MRIs.
With no set timeline and nothing regarding within the MRIs, Kershaw’s return will likely be based mostly on how his physique progresses and offers with the ache fairly than when he can start throwing. “I feel it’s extra of when he feels good,” Roberts stated.
“It’s simply extra of how his physique is shifting, after which the arm ought to nonetheless be high-quality.”
Pepiot more likely to exchange Kershaw in Dodgers rotation
With out Kershaw, the Dodgers have an open spot of their rotation to fill, and after buying and selling Mitch White to the Toronto Blue Jays, it appears seemingly they’re going to depend on Ryan Pepiot.
On of the group’s high pitching prospects, Pepiot has already made 4 begins this season for the Dodgers; three of which got here in Might. In his outing on July 5, Pepiot turned in his greatest begin and lowered his season ERA to 2.76 in 16.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.
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